As I walked into the den,  Lacy, my six-year-old Papillon dog, was concluding a phone conversation.

 I modestly inquired, “Who was that on the phone?”

 “Oh, that was Sam Squirrel. He wanted to know when I was going to fill up the bird bath in the back yard with fresh water so Susan and he could get a drink of  water.”

 I responded, “I’ll go out there for you Lacy so you won’t get cold.”

 “Aw, no, Dr. C., I’ll go. It’s only 39 degrees outside, and that’s warm compared to some of the temperatures we’ve had. I also want to talk to Sam and Susan.  I  haven’t  seen them in about a week.”

 With that remark, Lacy quickly exited the house through her special door. In a short time, she had reconnected the hose and was pouring water into the bird bath. A few moments later, I could see Sam and Susan descending from their lofty home in one of my pecan trees.

 My curiosity got the best of me, and I decided to gently open the door and listen to the conversation. 

 Here’s how the talk progressed –

 In between gulps of water, Sam finally uttered, “Lacy, you don’t know how much Susan and I appreciate you coming out in the cold weather to replenish our drinking water. This drought is really something. Our supply of pecans is getting low and finding a place to drink good, fresh water is a real challenge.”

 Lacy replied, “Sam, I’m glad to help you and Susan. Feel free to call any time you need something, whether it’s water or food.  Both of you are my closest friends, and I want to help you any way I can during these cold days.”

 Susan then chimed in with a question, “Lacy, the other day I was reading a chemistry book and the author referred to water as H2O. I continued reading and discovered that water contains two parts of hydrogen and one part of oxygen. I still cannot understand how one can take those two elements and come up with water.”

 “Well, Susan, the subject of chemistry is not one of my strong suits. I just accept what the experts say that if you take hydrogen and oxygen, one can make water. I’ve found there are many strange things in this world that dogs and squirrels have to accept, and I guess water is one of them.”

 With that comment, Lacy headed for the house to turn off the water and reenter the warm house. Sam and Susan headed for their comfortable tree home, extending a thank you to Lacy and as they hurried up the nearby pecan tree.  

 I could hear Susan tell Sam, “When we get to our home, I’m going to call Molly Mockingbird and Sarah Sparrow and let them know about the fresh drinking water.”

 As Lacy returned to the warmth of the house, she seemed to exhibit a feeling of doing a good deed. She, too, headed for her water bowl in the kitchen before she settled in for an afternoon nap.


Next week’s Snippets will feature an autobiography, written by long-time citizen, C.H. (Mickey) Maguire.

Mickey is now in his 90s, and has lived most of his life in our city, coming here from Galveston to attend then John Tarleton Agricultural College (now Tarleton State University)  in the 1930s. He was in the banking business for many years, serving as the President of  the Stephenville State Bank (now First Financial Bank) for many years.

‘TIL NEXT TIME – “As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” – Proverbs 25:25.

Dr. Stuart Chilton, a retired educator/journalist, lives in Stephenville.