One of the nice things about living within “spittin” distance of the town where you grew up, is that you can get together at a moment’s notice when one of the classmates who “escaped” comes back to town.
Last night it was a mini-reunion for Carole Higgins and Sandy White (both class of ‘65) whose visits happened to converge – both were home to check on ailing parents. But at our ages, it’s a blessing to still have a parent living.
Carole lives in Austin, Texas, and Sandy lives in Orlando, Florida. (I use their maiden names because I can’t spell both of their last names.)
We met at Anthony’s – another West Point treasure – for some good food, great conversation and lots of laughs as we relieved our formative years. We have known each other since kindergarten, although I’m the only classmate raised “across the tracks” and attended East Side Elementary. They were West Siders and never let me forget it.
Through the years we have maintained close contact, and their “destination” locations are the foundation for many great road trips.
A friend of mine in Starkville – weary of hearing about my growing up experiences in The Point commented “I haven’t seen my classmates in 40 years and really don’t have any great desire to do so.”
What a pity. There is no greater joy than spending quality time with those people who are destined to travel beside us through this life. They keep me grounded in some kind of strange way. They know all my weaknesses and love me anyway. (Fortunately I had just had my roots touched up earlier in the day.)
What little is left of my memory centers on early experiences in The Point which is fine with me. I have no idea what I had for breakfasts today, but I vividly remember my first smoke back in 1060 – fashioned from corn husks – out behind Linda Hazlewood’s barn.
Pictured above: Bubba Atkins (Norma’s husband), Ruthie Weathers, Marie Portera, Don Morton (Carole’s husband who incidentally picked up the tab), Carole and her mother, and Norma Clark Atkins. Sandy had to leave a little early to check on her mother.