Boys lend helping hands

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 2, 2001

NATCHEZ – Jennie V. Ivison knows it’s important to stay busy and a group of boys in her neighborhood helps her to do just that.

In addition to helping with yard work, the boys come by regularly to visit.

&uot;She’s just a nice lady,&uot; said 13-year-old, John Sanders.

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The Dart found two boys, Bryan Anders, 8, and Matthew Anders, 14, trimming the hedges in Ivison’s front yard.

&uot;They did a good job of that,&uot; she said.

Ivison said the children are &uot;handy&uot; with the yard work and she likes having them at her residence.

&uot;(It) makes me feel younger,&uot; she said.

She checks on them as they do yard work, but they do not cause her any problems, she said.

&uot;They’re real good boys. I must say that,&uot; she said

Two other neighborhood boys, John White and Stephen Barner, each 14 years old, also visit Ivison regularly.

&uot;We like her food,&uot; Barner said.

They visit to sit and talk and &uot;tell her what’s going on,&uot; he said.

Ivison attends ceramic classes and makes things for the boys.

&uot;She makes dogs, frogs,&uot; Matthew Anders said. &uot;You name it. She makes it.&uot;

She also makes afghan blankets for them.

&uot;I just do that at night so I will have something to do,&uot; Ivison said. &uot;When you get old, be busy.&uot;

Ivison said she also occupied her time taking care of her house, going somewhere everyday and spending time with her dog, Maggie.

&uot;I’ve always had a house dog,&uot; she said. &uot;They always keep you busy. You can tell them all your troubles.&uot;

After Friday’s yard work was completed, all four boys came into Ivison’s house to visit a short while and get something to drink before heading home.

&uot;They,re all leaving (now,)&uot; Ivison said, &uot;They got their Cokes. They’re ready to go.&uot;The Dart is a weekly feature in which a reporter throws a dart at a map and finds a story where it lands.