Writer’s block has reared its ugly head. I am tapped out, scraping the bottom of the barrel, and am having a difficult time coming up with questions for Pearl to answer. Yes, truth be told, I made up 99.7 percent of all of the questions. Recently I stooped to a low level and took a humorous real-life situation that involved people that I know and love, made a question out of it, and ended up hurting feelings and creating havoc. Sure, no names were used but they knew … shame on me.
I never dreamed that Pearl would be so well received in the community. The past four (plus) years have introduced me to people I may never have met otherwise, and I am forever grateful for this. A special heartfelt “thank you” to the many of you who have approached me and reached out to me to share your love for Pearl.
After considerable thought, I have decided to give Pearl the much-needed vacation she has been asking for. I think it is safe to say that she has enjoyed the column as much as I have. We wrote the column free of charge, so it’s not like we can get fired, right? We certainly wouldn’t want that on our résumé! I sincerely appreciate the support of The Newnan Times-Herald as well as their enthusiasm for Pearl.
I have so enjoyed sharing Big, Little, Baby, Gus, Millie Katherine, the Happy Tree, big-haired Betsy, Sally the bossy “B” and my Mama with you. Most especially Mama — who thinks I am a celebrity, will stop strangers to share my identity and prefers being called “Mother of Pearl.” Dementia continues to slowly take her from me, but Pearl has given her so much pleasure … this fact will always make me happy.
Remember that there are only two kinds of people in this world: those who return their buggies and those who leave them in the middle of the parking space. Please return your buggies so that I don’t have to call you out. Be kind TO and thoughtful OF others. Use your manners, and practice common courtesies. Don’t get in the “10 items or less” line with more than 12 items. Set a good example for the children. Do your part to make sure that congealed salads don’t become extinct. Wear appropriate clothing. Don’t allow anyone or anything to keep you from singing and dancing. Don’t expect teachers to teach your children everything they need to know to succeed. Win or lose, be gracious. Don’t be a joy sucker.
Above all else, I pray that you will always let your light SHINE.
“Miss Pearl,” aka Colleen Sprayberry, is one of Newnan's leading authorities on modern etiquette. She gladly lends her advice to everyone whether they want it or not, because, "After all, it's all about the children and setting a good example for them." Her videos are available on her Facebook page and YouTube channel. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org .