photo, many thanksby
of the unforeseen and enjoyable by-products of writing It's
All Trew is I receive requests to present programs and speeches to a variety
of groups. I consider the requests a compliment and always try to comply if possible.
Of late, I am receiving a bit of flak because today, I look a lot different than
I did several years ago when my column photo was taken.|
I'll admit the
old photo was taken quite awhile back before old age took its toll.
is probably the only photo ever taken of me that I feel does me justice. You see,
my late father and only brother are photogenic. No matter where they are, what
they are doing or even if they know you are snapping their picture, the result
looks like a John Wayne prepared photo shoot.
On the other hand, my late
mother, a beautiful woman, and I, no matter what we wear, how we primp, how we
pose or the time of day, a photo of either of us looks like we were just released
from jail after a long night of partying. I am amazed that anyone asking to see
my driver's license even recognizes me. The only time I ever remove my glasses
is during a shower and while sleeping. Yet, there I am, red-faced and without
glasses, showing wrinkles, skin cancer scars, baggy eyes and white beard. I guess
I am safe from imposters because why would anyone want to look like that anyway?
complaints about the outdated photo vary from "I didn't recognize you" to "You
have aged since you had that picture taken?" or "Have you been taking your medicine
lately?" Earlier in my writing career, since I write mostly about past history
subjects, I was told I did not look old enough to have experienced the Great Depression
and the Dust Bowl. Today they ask, "Do you receive a birthday card from the president?"
Recently at a Quail Tour at the Boone Pickens Ranch we visited a moment
with Garrett Von Netzer, who was the Globe-News editor at the time It's
All Trew began. At our first meeting, after a year or two of being published,
he asked, "Where the heck did you come from?" I certainly want to thank Dan Packard,
the editor who agreed to publish my work. Though I have not met her yet, I want
to thank Jenni Sandlin to whom I e-mail my column each week.
So this column
will include a new image to see, but will probably contain the same old type of
columns you are used to reading. It has been fun, a great challenge to find new
interesting items, meeting the readers, receiving e-mails and telephone calls,
and recalling the past.
At 77 years of age, my wife Ruth and I are in
excellent health, still work every day, carry lists of "to do" items, enjoy our
four sons, 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren with another on the way, and
look forward to more years of the same. God bless all of you as we begin another
chapter of It's All Trew.
27, 2010 Column © Delbert Trew
"It's All Trew"
is a freelance writer and retired rancher. He can be reached at 806-779-3164,
by mail at Box A, Alanreed, TX 79002, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
For books see DelbertTrew.com. His column appears weekly.