7 Lana Pleak
17 anniversary –Rosentreader 1971
18 Tom Cordell
Who else has birthdays and anniversaries in April? Please let me know.
I think Spring has finally arrived in Omaha. Today is cool again, but we had a beautiful weekend. Dennis even fired up the lawn mower.
We celebrated birthdays this weekend. Since Joe’s work and school schedule is so full, we celebrated his upcoming birthday a few days early. We met at Old Chicago for lunch, then came back to the house for cake and presents. It was nice to spend a little time together. Then Joe had to dash off to work. Mike teases him that he sees Dave who lives in Chicago more than his brother here in town. That isn’t far from the truth!
I found a new quote I like. In this Sunday’s paper in the “Parade” section, there is an article about a professor who is dying of pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest, quickest cancers around. His name is Randy Pausch and he has three young children, so he made a video of his “Last Lecture” in which he passes life lessons on to his children. It is a very good article, filled with many nuggets of wisdom. My new quote is about failure and not being afraid to fail. Randy says, “Experience is what you get when you don’t get what you wanted.”
I have a couple more e-mails to share from classmates. Judy Mohatt Person, one of our many classmates in Colorado, recently wrote:
Howard and I are both well and doing great. He will be retiring from his job the end of April (surgical assistant for a periodontist). He plans to take a couple of months off and then find something else to do with his time. Our financial planner tells us that I will need to work until I reach 66! I’m the lucky one that has health insurance coverage.
My family established a scholarship fund at the Custer County Foundation in my sister’s memory. The first scholarship presentation was on March 2nd. The recipient went to the same one-room school that Mom went to 60+ years ago. Mom, Dad, Mike, Howard and I were all there. I had a chance to talk to Jerry Vaughan at the reception afterwards and he mentioned that you were driving out next month.
Mom and Dad are doing pretty well. They live in the assisted living apartments up at the hospital (Liberty Square) and really like it there. They can walk to the dining room, the doctor’s office and the hospital section without ever going outside. Howard and I are driving back to attend my aunt’s 90th birthday open house in May.
Thanks for all you do to keep us all connected. I think it’s wonderful!
Nick sent a funny “Growing Up in a Small Town” forward. (I’m not real crazy about “forwards” but do enjoy a good one now and then.)
Those who grew up in small towns will laugh when they read this.
Those who didn’t will be in disbelief and won’t understand how true it is.
1) You can name everyone you graduated with.
2) You know what 4-H means.
3) You went to parties at a pasture, barn, gravel pit, or in the middle of a dirt road. On Monday you could always tell who was at the party because of the scratches on their legs from running through the woods when the party was busted. (See #6.)
4) You used to’drag’Main.
5) You whispered the ‘F’ word and your parents knew within the hour.
6) You scheduled parties around the schedules of different police officers, because you knew which ones would bust you and which ones wouldn’t.
7) You could never buy cigarettes because all the store clerks knew how old you were (and if you were old enough, they’d tell your parents anyhow.) Besides, where would you get the money?
8) When you did find somebody old enough and brave enough to buy cigarettes, you still had to go out into the country and drive on back roads to smoke them.
9) You knew which section of the ditch you would find the beer your buyer dropped off.
10) It was cool to date somebody from the neighboring town.
11) The whole school went to the same party after graduation.
12) You didn’t give directions by street names but rather by references. Turn by Nelson’s house, go 2 blocks to Anderson’s, and it’s four houses left of the track field.
13) The golf course had only 9 holes.
14) You couldn’t help but date a friend’s ex boyfriend/girlfriend.
15) Your car stayed filthy beca use of the dirt roads, and you will never own a dark vehicle for this reason.
16) The town next to you was considered ‘trashy’ or ‘snooty,’ but was actually just like your town.
17) You referred to anyone with a house newer than 1955 as the ‘rich’ people.
18) The people in the ‘big city’ dressed funny, and then you picked up the trend 2 years later.
19) Anyone you wanted could be found at the local gas station or the dairybar.
20) You saw at least one friend a week driving a tractor through town or one of your friends driving a grain truck to school occasionally.
21) The gym teacher suggested you haul hay for the summer to get stronger.
22) Directions were given using THE stop light as a reference.
23) When you decided to walk somewhere for exercise, 5 people would pull over and ask if you wanted a ride.
24) Your teachers called you by your older siblings’ names.
25) Your teachers remembered when they taught your parents.
26) You could charge at any local store or write checks without an ID.
27) There was no McDonalds unless it was a clothing store.
28) The closest mall was over an hour away.
29) It was normal to see an old man riding through town on a riding lawn mower.
30) You’ve pee’d in a cornfield.
31) Most people went by a nickname.
32) You laughed your butt off reading this because you know it is true, and you forward it to everyone who may have lived in a small town..
I would not have wanted to have been raised any other way!!!!
Toughtimes don’t last…. Tough people do.
Have a good week!