Ru­ble in Mo­tion

Country - - OUT & ABOUT - MICHAEL MY­ERS Greeneville, Ten­nessee

I MAR­RIED A NOR­TON GIRL 47 years ago and moved to Nor­ton Road. On that happy day, Ru­ble Nor­ton, my wife’s cousin, be­came my friend and neigh­bor—the best any­one could have.

Ru­ble, a Korean War vet­eran, cel­e­brated his 86th birth­day in Septem­ber. He has al­ways lent a wise and help­ing hand.

In 2014, I was di­ag­nosed with can­cer. With that came ra­di­a­tion and chemo treat­ments. All of our fam­ily, friends and neigh­bors were very help­ful dur­ing that time, but Ru­ble was the al­pha.

He did ev­ery­thing from keep­ing an eye on our house to plant­ing flow­ers around our mailbox to check­ing on us daily when we re­turned home.

The man never has a bad word to say about any­one and al­ways has a smile on his face. Even though he has had a heart at­tack, he keeps plug­ging away. I re­call my fa­ther-in-law, Ru­ble’s un­cle, say­ing, “If I ever sit down at my age, I may not be able to get back up. That’s why I keep go­ing.”

It must be a Nor­ton thing, be­cause it rings true through Ru­ble to­day. He’s al­ways walk­ing through the pas­tures, hoe­ing his gar­den, gath­er­ing pro­duce, set­ting flow­ers—any­thing to keep mov­ing. He can ac­ci­den­tally do more be­fore break­fast than I can pur­posely do all day! We love him!

Ru­ble, 86, tends to his gar­dens.

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