(Our dear friend Mary Ann (L) her sis. Joan (R) the lady in the Blue chewed me out for standing too close to the class name and décor)
The big event was held at the ‘Little Big Horn’, a well known steak house in Stanley, NC. I kept wondering when the class would show up, all I saw was a bunch of old folks driving up. I kept asking Sherry where her class mates were, she turned to me and said, “Honey those ARE my class mates!”
“What? Some of those old geezers could hardly walk, much less run a football down the field. What happened to those school kids? The ones who stayed out all night partying?” (Some were yawning 10 minutes into the gathering)
(Joan, Max (class pres) & Martin, Tuck in the foreground)
I don’t know many of them, I quit school, yeah a drop out, in the 11th grade I think. Back then a lot of folks quit to go to work in the mills, some quit and headed for Detroit to build cars. And then many of us quit to join a branch of the military, I chose the USMC. Sherry graduated the year I joined and we were married three months later. I ruined her plans to become a nurse.
Sherry, Ed (back to me) & Good friend Evelyn)
The Reunion was great for all the class mates. Sherry knew most of them of course. She was fortunate, some of these folks were with her from the first grade to graduation. I only went to school in Belmont about a year and a half, I think. Sherry loved the school, personally I cannot say a good word about the school except I found my Thrill there, but that is saying a lot for it.
Lot of friend greeting friend (Rose on the left)
Like every class, there were successful folk. Two, great guys BTW, became dentist’s. Another became a realtor, he was not a great guy. A couple nurses (one our friend Rose, Tuck’s wife) the class president was into sales (good guy). Evelyn worked for the Post office and bookkeeper before that (one of the good guys).
We were there
A couple more drop outs were there. My friend Ed, who quit to join the Navy. Our good friend and lovely lady, Mary Ann quit to get married. As years go on and the classes get smaller for reunions, they invite the drop-outs to fill in. That is a nice gesture, but you still don’t get back into the group. haha. I was not a drop-out from this class but from the next class down. They have never invited me to attend the reunions and I don’t expect it.
(Speeches were made, but not heard very well)
The meal was great, they do cook a great steak. (They are famous for their tomato and onion sandwich on toast as an appetizer) My girl had a good time, I was on good behavior, She deserves all the camaraderie, cause she is the best of the bunch, and I don’t do too much mingling anymore.
(The lady in blue and white was one of the teachers of this bunch!, That sheet in the back ground is what I got chewed about for touching!)
I know lots of folks have moved more than I, but I was in four different schools growing up, so I didn’t have the ties like Sherry.
(This is Don & Evelyn the next day at their home, we went out in the country to get some veggies!)
We are fortunate, Evelyn, Rose and Mary Ann have stayed friends and in the past few years we have RV’d with Don & Evelyn some every year. Mary Ann actually lives at one of the resorts we stay at, that makes it nice. That girl is one pleasant lady.
Thanks for coming by the log.
Q. According to Ann Landers, is there anything wrong with getting into the habit of kissing a lot of people?
A. Charley Weaver: It got me out of the army.
Q. It is the most abused and neglected part of your body, what is it?
A. Paul Lynde: Mine may be abused, but it certainly isn't neglected.