- Ada, Oklahoma


May 31, 2014

Shakespeare was right: Rough winds do shake the buds of May

Byng — If we hadn‘t studied English Literature, we could almost believe William S. was an Okie. In Sonnet 18 he commented not only that the rough winds shake the darling buds of May, but he goes on to complain, “Summer’s lease has all too short a date.”  For at least two months, I’ve watched the winds convince the rose bush outside my apartment window that it is a pinwheel.

The roses have gone on to bloom despite the force of Oklahoma winds, and it is as pretty a spring as I can remember despite the gales. A glance through my computer files reveals that last year it snowed on about the 12th of May,  so I keep saying to myself, “At least it hasn’t snowed—yet.”  

If we look at the metaphor of rough winds or circumstances that disturb the even tenor of our lives, we have to say we’ve had some sadness and dark clouds along with the sunshine and May flowers, for we have had two deaths among our loved ones at Byng’s New Bethel Church.

Marilyn Price and her husband Charlie Price have been stalwart members of New Bethel Church. For several years, she has been on the medical list for a kidney transplant. Numerous times transplant authorities have called to say, “We possibly have a kidney for you.” The couple has made several excited, hurried trips to OK City only to meet with disappointment each time.

The amazing fact about the Prices is that they have stayed optimistic throughout this ordeal. Marilyn has been on dialysis in her home. She has immersed herself in her hobby of jewelry-making. I am one of many who have received a surprise birthday gift of a necklace and/or earrings from her skilled hands. As the dialysis program became increasingly time-consuming, she was forced to remain confined at home.

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