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Martinsville High School Alumni
Class of 1962 Message List
Touching Base with the Class of '62 - 9
12/03/07     Dr. David Sparks  (1962)      cdsparks@rjia.net
Dear Classmates,

It has been quite a while since I touched base with the wonderful Class of 1962. Our sincere resolve to post more frequently on this great Website, notwithstanding, I seldom get much of an opportunity to spend time online.

My wife, my "Miss America", has been in a special health center near Toledo, Ohio for about eight months. She suffered a serious stroke in October of '06, and due to kidney failure has been on dialysis since early this year. She has several other health issues: diabetes; lymphedema; legally blind; aphasia from the stroke.

I try my best to make the 500-mile (one-way) trip each week to be at her side as much as possible. It isn't easy, but she would do as much or more if it were me in that situation.

You can readily understand why I can't correspond with you as often as I'd like.

I feel like somewhat of a slacker, perhaps a bit hypocritical, especially after I made the public "challenge" at our reunion for everyone possible to post here monthly at Mavahi.com.

Please pardon the long gaps between postings by ol' David "Jesse" Sparks. I will say this: "There may be individuals who appreciate their high school graduating class as MUCH as I do, but certainly few could appreciate it MORE than I do." The memories of my Mavahi, college and Navy days are all "tree-top tall."

It occurred to me that even in the hustle-bustle of the Christmas holiday season, some of you good folks may find a few moments to drop a greeting card to Carrie, and I will "push-pin" them to the bulletin board in her room. She will get a real lift from them, I'm sure. She saves all cards and other mail until I get there, so we can open them together, and I can read them to her.

Of course, your prayers will be deeply and warmly appreciated, too.

Carrie Sparks, Room 31
Windsor Lane HealthCare Center
355 Windsor Lane
Gibsonburg, OH 43431

Well, as Walter Brennan said in one of his old Western films, "That's my story....and I'm stickin' to it!"

Best regards, and "Merry Christmas to all",

David



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