Some moments like gifts from heaven

Published 1:04 pm Saturday, October 17, 2015

I hope everyone gets to experience the small snippets of life that pop up and surprise when you least expect them. For me, those times seem like they are few and far between, but when I recognize them it feels like a warm blanket wrapped around me. It is a wonderful feeling to snuggle up to those moments, like the day it snowed and I was home baking.

I had planned to do some cooking that day. The holidays were close at hand, but I had no idea flurries were in the forecast. The children had gone to school leaving me home alone to enjoy the white wonderland by myself.

I knew the moments in my kitchen would not last long. Soon the kids would return, and the snow would melt, but for maybe an hour, I relished a perfect feeling of peacefulness and content.

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This past weekend, I had the pleasure of another one of those moments. I traveled to Starkville for the weekend and attended a Mississippi State University football game.

After two hours of tailgating, it was time to move to Davis-Wade Stadium to watch the Bulldogs. Hubby had already made his way to the stadium since he would be on the field taking pictures of the game, and my youngest had the opportunity to sit with her big brother in the student section.

I did not mind the idea of having to sit and watch the game by myself.  In fact, I was looking forward to it!

I know for some that may sound strange, but I truly had no reservations about sitting in the top-tiered section of the stadium by myself, especially when I was assured the rest of my family members who were at the game would be having fun in their respective spots.

Once I settled into my seat, I felt pleased. For one, I was proud I had found it on my own. I am directionally challenged, and I typically have to rely on somebody else to get me where I need to go, but not this day!

The game had already started, and the Dawgs were off to a good start. They had already made a touchdown, and the cowbells were ringing. The energy in the stadium was magnetic, and I was enjoying watching all of the spirited fans when I realized I was in one of those moments.

Thousands surrounded me, and yet there was this overwhelming since of quiet peace and relaxation, just like on that snow day.

I felt a smile begin to crawl across my face, and even though I was not physically standing up and cheering, there was a since of gratification that was making me feel as happy as those that were glad the ball had crossed the goal line.

It was but a moment in time, but for the rest of the evening I basked in the glow of that moment.

I do not know why life all of the sudden sends out these little presents when you least expect them, but it sure feels good. So I smile and thank God.

Terri Frazier is a staff writer for The Vicksburg Post. You may reach her at

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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