Memorable Automobiles from The Past:
These 1956 Studebakers were new when I made my first grownup decision.
Remember when you were sure you were grown? Time to make a big decision that would affect the rest of your life? You had been allowed to pick some clothing and most of the shoes you wore. Most of us (but not all) could pick the hair style you wanted. There were times you could look at a $5, $10 or even a $20 bill and decide what to do with it. Fairly big decisions at the time.
In my area of the country when you reached 16 you could quit school if you wanted to. Kids in our area knew IF they quit it was leave home or get a job, sometimes both. If you worked and remained under the parent’s roof, you were expected to contribute to the weekly grocery bills, etc.
I had decided that I was wasting my time at school, so when I turned 16, I quit school. I had met this beautiful girl and I wanted to marry her. Yeah, I was smart enough to know I needed money and a job & ‘stuff’. LOL
I had a friend name Sammy Waters. He had joined the military under age and had been kicked out. So he told me how it was done. I made it to the swearing-in and then I was caught. I had to return to school ‘cause my daddy said so.’
But I knew I would join at 17 and I did. Dad gave in and signed for me.
I was thrilled, I was going to be a Marine. I made it thru the swearing in, I joined with 8 other guys, we were ecstatic, until we reached Parris Island, South Carolina.
There was no ‘backing out, no backing up’ I had finally made a decision of a grown up, but I learned very quickly I wasn’t grown up.
WE had to pay to send our civilian clothes home. They shaved my head, I had to pay 50 cents for that. (it was taken out of my pay).
My Drill Instructor, SSGT. Mayberry, said he would be my mama and daddy. He would make a man out of me, if it killed me. OUCH.
Yes, I did lay in my rack at nights and hope I would wake up to mama’s cooking and this all would be a bad nightmare.
It took a while, but I did grow up some. LOL
Why am I writing this? WE are overnighting here in SC before heading on to Florida. Just down the road is the place of my first AWAKENING to the REAL World of grownups. Where orders are given and OBEYED; where you do not question authority as you might that of a teacher or parent. THIS WAS REAL. It was PARRIS ISLAND. lol
PS: Most people make the first BIG decision right after HS or graduating from College.