A recipe for life for each of us to learn
by Elane Jones
Jun 30, 2013 | 1252 views | 0 0 comments | 131 131 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Elane Jones
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I would like to start this column off by thanking everyone who said prayers and lent their support to our family during the recent loss of our beloved husband, father and grandfather. Rick Jones passed away June 6 from complications from an Hypertensive Intracerebral Hemorrhagic stroke, which he suffered on May 30 while working at home in our yard.

I would also like to offer a special thank you to our neighbor and special hero, Crate Hulsey - the young man who heard Rick calling for help and ran to his house to get his mother and older brother who called 911; the members of Curry Volunteer Fire/Rescue and Regional Paramedical Services, who arrived on the scene within minutes of receiving that call; and the doctors and nurses in the Emergency Room and Neuro Intensive Care Unit at Princeton Baptist Medical Center who took care of Rick in the days that followed.

Had it not been for all of them, we wouldn’t have been able to tell Rick how much we loved him and kiss him goodbye one last time.

We miss him dearly and it has been a tough few weeks. But with time our broken hearts will heal as life goes on for our family. We know God is watching over us and will see us through the days ahead.

Our family also appreciates the wonderful articles that were written about Rick by Daily Mountain Eagle Publisher Jack McNeely, Feature Editor Jennifer Cohron, and former Editor James Phillips. We have added them to the collection of all the other precious memories of Rick that we will cherish forever.

Since returning to work at the Daily Mountain Eagle, I have been asked several times if I was going to keep cooking and sharing the recipes with everyone in my column.

Well, the answer to that question is definitely “YES.” I will most definitely continue cooking and searching for new recipes to try and share in my column.

In fact, Wiggles, Hank, Sassy (our two dogs and cat), and I have already been testing out some new dishes. Of course, G-Pig (my grandson’s guinea pig which I look after) doesn’t eat people food. So she doesn’t get to sample anything I fix other than the lettuce, carrots, apples and celery she is normally allowed to eat.

I don’t have a new recipe to share this week because of everything that has been going on. But I would like to let the family and friends who brought food to our home in the days following Rick’s death know how much we appreciated everything, especially all the homemade sweets delivered by our publisher, Jack, and his wife, Nora.

They were simply scrumptious. And Nora, I would love to have the recipe for that orange cake. It was heavenly.

With that in mind, I did remember one recipe I would like to share with all of you. This recipe doesn’t involve any kind of cooking, and it is by far my favorite recipe of all time.

I also believe that if we all used this recipe in our lives on a daily basis, this world would be a much better place.

The Recipe For

A Happy Life

Ingredients

1 cup of good thoughts

1 cup of kind deeds

1 cup consideration for others

2 cups sacrifice for others

3 cups forgiveness

2 cups of well beaten faults

2 heaping cups of patience

2 handfuls of generosity

1 head full of understanding

1 heartful of love

Dash of laughter

Mix all these ingredients thoroughly together with tears of joy, sorrow and sympathy for others. Flavor with little gifts of love and kind service toward your fellowman. Fold in four cups of prayer and faith to lighten all these ingredients and raise the texture to great heights of Christian living. Then after pouring all this into your daily life, serve it with a smile to everyone you meet.