“What are you going to do with that?”

I really didn’t know for sure. It was certainly not what I went out looking for that day. But there it was standing on an easel in the resale shop. My heart fell in love with this approximate two-foot by three-foot piece of art! And it was only ten dollars!

But it was something I could not carry in my bag and stow away snugly into a corner of a closet.

I’ll show you on another day where it ended up, but now I will tell you why I instantly loved it. In the picture below you can see my brother, Clyde, singing it with his daughter, Rebecca. Clyde sang the song often over the last few decades. I guess this was his last time. Most of the time he sang solo. I do, however, remember my two sisters and I singing with him; I think at my mother’s 80th birthday celebration; that was in 1993.

Clyde followed the Light right into Heaven’s Harbor about two weeks after this picture was taken.

Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”


The Lighthouse: Written by Ronny Hinson in 1970

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. Kim Smyth says:

    What a perfect illustration for the song! I love lighthouses!

    • oneta hayes says:

      When I was a teen, I read books called “Meg of Mystery Mountain, Nan of the Gypsies, and Rilla of the Lighthouse.” I loved those make believe heroines. Don’t remember details of the stories, however. I think I have Rilla of the Lighthouse here somewhere. Maybe I will find it as I continue my book research.

  2. Dawn Marie says:

    I think this would make a quite lovely tray. I have done this with a painting I adored, but had of very little “value” other than my own appreciation. I affixed two discarded drawer handles, one at each side, and it turned out quite wonderfully in the end. Just a “light-hearted” thought for you to consider for its repurposing. 💕

    • oneta hayes says:

      I do believe I have something that can be repurposed for a need I have right now. I need a tray I can use for eating at the TV. Not a good practice but I do it. If I buy a couple of drawer handles I can probably do just as you have suggested. I’ll try it. Thank you. And thanks for your likes on my other posts for the week. Much appreciated.

  3. Eileen Clark says:

    This is absolutely beautiful!

  4. it’s a great piece of art, made even more beautiful by the heart.

  5. Charla Bruton Johnson says:

    Mark & I, plus our daughter and future son-in-law were at Gladys’ birthday party. That was so long ago. But I remember the red haired litlle boys.
    I loved Gladys. When she and Jim would visit me when they would visit me and my first daughter when they would visit his mother in California. The only family to visit us. Oh, but one time Alan Swan visited. I will hear Clyde sing later tonight.
    October 1, 2022.

    • oneta hayes says:

      This was a surprise to see you here on my blog. I see you occasionally on Facebook. Keep up a bit. I hope Mark is doing well. And the same for you. We are aging and things are changing though. Every day is a good one for me, but I am put together with nails and screws. 😀 I have to keep the oxygen on; that’s a troublesome pain! But they tell me it helps keep me alive. Jesus is the One who is keeping me alive, but I do think He wants me to be obedient to those He puts in charge of me. So I try.

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