The following was submitted by Lynn C. Gilbert,
after attending the 95th birthday party for Helen Holt Mollohan, wife of
former Calhouner, Congressman Robert (Bob) Mollohan. This was written
from the heart and I am honored that Lynn chose to share her thoughts.
It came at a time when I was thinking, “I want to write something that
will show respect for our nation, love of its people, appreciation for
our ancestors, and thankfulness for their reliance on our God.” Happy
birthday, America! Happy birthday, Helen Mollohan!
“In light of the impending July 4th holiday, the
following highlights the importance of living in a free country where we
are able to do anything we want if we work at it hard enough, and why we
should honor and respect those who have forged the way for us.
I recently had the opportunity to attend a birthday
party of a dear lady turning 95. She is relatively healthy, has a large
loving family, and her faith in her Creator is great. The party was
outdoors and it was a hot day. She sat in a rocker on the lawn while
extended family and friends, old and new, filed
the afternoon and she was visibly tired. I wished her happy
birthday, told her she looked well, and then asked if she was happy.
In retrospect, I wish I had asked her one more
question. This lady has seen the inventions of automobiles, a network of
electric and telephone lines, rocket ships, medical miracles, and
internet. I wish I had asked her which one impacted her life the most.
My answer to that question undoubtedly would be the
medical advances made in treating leukemia and other cancers, as my own
mother died when I was 17 from advanced stages of leukemia. Gladly, I
would ride a horse and buggy to work if she were here today.
Historically, our country has been incredible on
the invention front and our people have always embraced change.
Inventions in this country are generally inspired by a desire to sell
something. Touted as the #1 way to ease a woman’s life, the vacuum was
promoted across the country to sell the electricity that had recently
been strung alongside the railroad. My mother-in-law, Helen Morris, was
first employed by United Fuel Gas Co. to teach ladies how to use the new
range (cook stove) it promoted to sell its product.
In my youth, I didn’t really expect to live much
longer than I have. Now, at 45, I have personally seen the overwhelming
acceptance of the internet and personal satellite for
devices, communication and television. Stem cell technology is poised to
cure many of the common diseases killing us. I even have a small robot
that vacuums my floors. What is next? I definitely want to wait around
Mrs. Mollohan answered my question with a shrug and
a simple “Yes.” She said she didn’t expect to make it after losing her
husband, but “you just do.” What a trooper! Next year, I am ready for
Collectively, we as a people, immigrants and all,
are a great, but youthful nation. Consider the fact that, compared to
the United States of America, the Middle East is biblical in age and
still relatively undeveloped. God has blessed America!”
Helen Holt Mollohan on her 95th birthday.