In and Around Hannibal: April 27, 2013

by Rita Hooper 


This is a column for women so men — feel free to skip to the second half of the column. Now that I’ve got your attention guys…the principle applies equally to men as women!

Posture is a term I have not heard much about in the past 40 years or so. A term, as a child and especially a teen, bought constant attention. I can hear my mother now saying “stand up straight, pull your stomach in.”  Being a tall woman, it bothered her especially to see tall people slouching. She would stop total strangers and tell them to stand up straight and be proud of their height. That used to embarrass and bother me — now I find myself doing the same thing, or at least thinking the same thing.

I was shopping today and there was a gal with outrageous posture — drawing attention to all the wrong body parts if you know what I mean. I’m no expert but back in the olden days many young girls wanted to be models and we would practice walking with books on our heads – even going up and downstairs with them. People must have looked at us and thought we were crazy but we were standing tall and straight.

I’m sure many of my female readers have heard the routine:  Stand up straight, pretend there is a string on your head pulling you up, pull your stomach in, and tuck your buttocks under and in.

Now if you were lucky and could do all that, remember we were also cautioned about our sitting posture  — sit tall with your back barely touching the back of the chair. Don’t cross your legs, keep them on the floor in front of you, crossing at the ankles was permissible.

Of course, back then, must of us wore dresses and skirts so crossing at the ankles was a most lady-like way to sit. To say nothing of the very tight girdles we wore — remember those itchy rubber ones? They did make it harder to cross your legs but they did much to hide the belly and buns!

My guess is that it was in the 70s that it was decided to “let it all hang out!” Mention of posture went the way of the model T.

As we age, it seems to get harder to stand straight much less tall. But are we doing ourselves, our children and grandchildren any favors by letting this old term fade into history.

According to Cleveland Clinic: “Posture is the position in which you hold your body upright against gravity while standing, sitting or lying down. Good posture involves training your body to stand, walk, sit and lie in positions where the least strain is placed on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement or weight-bearing activities.”

They give a whole lot of reasons why good posture is so important – the last of which is it contributes to good appearance.  As a young person that is probably the most important – health reasons come into play later in life when their back begins to hurt!

There are many exercises to strengthen your muscles and help you improve your posture no matter what your age.

I don’t know where I’m going with this but maybe I’ve said enough – now go out and face the world standing tall! It’s okay to nag your children or grandchildren —  after all it’s for their own good! And remember “do as I say, not as I do!”

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The Friends of the Library have another raffle basket, this time a gardening basket full of needed supplies. Drawing will be today, April 27 at the library.

There will be a spaghetti dinner at the First United Church of Fulton today from 5:30 p.m. until sold out.  A music program will follow and a Mission Fair will be held beginning at 4 p.m.

Proceeds from the dinner will be used to help defray the costs of this writer’s mission trip to Appalachia in June. I do hope to see a number of Hannibal faces at this event which should be fun, entertaining and educational all rolled into one!

The Hannibal Fire Company Auxiliary will hold its breakfast buffet Sunday, April 28 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Hannibal Fire Company Firehouse, Oswego Street, Hannibal.

Senior Meals will be meeting for lunch at the Hannibal Senior Center (Library) on Oswego Street Monday, April 29 for some  Homemade soup and sandwich, juice, fruit cocktail. Wednesday, there will be barbecued pork ribs, baked beans, beets, juice, pineapple tidbits will be the fare. Friday, there will be beef stew, biscuit, vegetable, coleslaw, and cookie.

I understand the village is doing some hydrant flushing between April 15 and May 30.

The Hannibal Methodist Church is holding prayer meetings at the home of Jack Lenhard on Pine View Lane at 7 p.m. Tuesday evenings and at 1 p.m. Thursdays in the Church Dining Room, Route 3.

By the way, the Methodist Church is serving lunch on Thursday’ at 11:30AM and all are invited.  Don’t eat alone if you don’t have to!

A Nu-2-U and bake sale will be held at Hannibal United Methodist Church Friday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Granby Center United Methodist Church will hold a Nu-2-U and bake sale Friday, May 4 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Sterling Valley Community Church will be hosting the blue grass band “Different Brothers” Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. The band members are Ernie Terpening, Keith Smith, Rodney Leggett, Neil Shortslef and Chub Shortslef. The concert is free. A free will offering will be taken to support the mission work of the Women’s Fellowship.

The Hannibal Community Yard Sale Day is being held Saturday, May 4. A master list of participants’ addresses is being prepared for public distribution and will be available at the Hannibal Community Center (Library), located across from the fire department, the day of the event. Please call Barb or Carl at 564-6410 by Sunday, April 28 to be on the list.

The Jammers will be starting up for the season Monday May 6 at the American Legion, Rochester St. Hannibal.  There will be a covered dish dinner at 6 p.m. — if you come late make sure to bring dessert!

The village will have a lawn and leaf pick-up May 6. Lawn clippings must be in plastic bags and limbs and branches neatly stacked by the curbside.

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