Once upon a time I lived in a tiny little town that still exists today. A dear lady lived in that tiny little town and to hear her tell it that tiny town was “The Capital of the World.” She had so much love, belief, and stick to itness that if you hung around her long, you’d believe it was the Capital of the World too! Mondays were special days, the children were gathered afterschool at the church where we had “Marvelous Mondays” A Bible lesson, singing, and craft with children 4 through 12. Four women ran this program, Mrs. Frances Weaver, who was nearly blind, played the piano at 80+ years old her hair always in place, Julia Faye Elliott always brought fun to the experience with her witty ways, and one who kept us all organized with yummy snacks and hands that always had something to do to help. Virginia Turner Smith, everyone’s Granny Gin, was the ring tailed tooter who began and founded Marvelous Mondays and marvelous it was for the children, their parents, who received them afterwards. I was the new one in town, who had no idea what I was getting myself into. Our town had the privilege of living in Stephens, Arkansas “the capital of the world” citizenship as they grew up as Granny Gin declared our little community to be.. Marvelous Mondays were often hot mess with the inevitable things that happen when many children and 4 aging little girls come together, but laughter and love filled the air. My legacy of “the girls” as we called ourselves, is to continue on in their stead now that they are gone. Will you join me in activites to lift spirits, open minds, and bring us all a bit closer.