Sunday, September 2, 2012

Weekend Rewind

Weekend Rewind....

First, I need to let you know Emily started substituting-a 9th grade physical education class on Thursday.

A proud Daddy--he is smiling because now Emily can earn some money!!
Friday afternoon her first words to me were "I am not going to teach."  "The kids won't listen and it is hot."   (clear throat)

Saturday, I attended two reunions.

First, was the Shaker Nation Reunion.  When I attended high school-the name of the school was R.B. Worthy High School the home of the Shakers.  About 20+ years after graduation, they combined R.B. Worthy with another high school-new name, new color, new mascot--Northwood High School-Panthers.  
I met up with an ole friend Saturday at the reunion- one I hadn't seen in at least 30+ years.  Oh My the stories we remembered and then answered with "Did I do that"? Old friends and old shoes are best for relaxing. People I didn't recognize remembered me and then vice versa.  A slide show that had us all laughing and wondering what had ever happened to so and so was a hoot.  Then came the last slide show-a list of names--  our friends who weren't celebrating with us--so many people taken before their time.  My friend and I sat quietly for a few minutes--hard to believe some of the names we had just seen.  Every day is a gift from God.  A gift one should enjoy because one never knows when your gift will be taken.
Saying good-bye to great friends...:(

Next reunion.......

Perryville-also known as the Muck Dam-was my home for many years.  The muck dam burst in 1924 killing many people.  Later houses were built on top of the Muck.  Olin Mathinson was the factory in town where all families worked.  In the 70's Olin was shut down-pouring mercury in the water.  Many people were transferred to other locations-Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana , Ohio,.....  Years later the houses were all torn down-out of 30 houses only 5 remain. After we all ate, we sat around giggling about all the 'stuff' we did-like hiding  from our parents when they were yelling for us to come in because it was dark and we wanted to play outside a little longer (a shock to some who are younger), helping kill chickens for dinner later in the week, trying to smoke cigarettes inside of a car (wonder why we always got caught-especially when we had the windows rolled down cause the smoke was bothering us!), driving our neighbors' cars and parking them somewhere else, ......  So many stories to be told of us growing up.  Olin may have taken our houses, but never our memories of growing up on the Muck Dam.
That night most of us headed to Saltville to listen to music by Rick R and the Allnighters.  Never heard of them?  Us either-but they were great-that is if you like 50's, 60's 70's & 80's music. Some Muck Dam kids even danced in the streets!!  I found one of their songs on You Tube so.....
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Emily (#2) daughter got a surprise this weekend.  Emily was planning on flying to Arizona to be with her best friend.  Her friend is in the army and will be leaving for Hawaii in 3 weeks, then in a few months to Afghanistan.  Emily's plan fell through, so her friend flew in to see her!! The last time they had seen each other was when Emily had graduated.

She is like another daughter to me.

Another tear jerky good-bye.

I found out the best cure for sadness--when it comes to saying good-byes is FOOD!  So after we stop sobbing we headed to Olive Garden.

Then to.....

Nothing makes you feel any better than food and coffee.

So I leave you with this .....
Someday many years from now
We'll sit beside the candles glow
Exchanging tales about our past
And laughing as the memories flow
And when that distant day arrives
I know it will be understood
That friendship is the key to live
And we were friends and it was good. 
- Eileen Hehl

Enjoy your week!


  1. That is the sad part about reuions is hearing about those who passed away. ((HUGS)) Beautiful poem. You certainly were busy. Best of luck to Emily and I will keep her friend safety in my prayers.

  2. Goodbyes are always hard. It sounds like your weekend was bittersweet.
    Subbing is tough work!


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