Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A GIFT:  Memories of the Past

The Good Life  The Good Life  The Good Life  The Good Life

                     YOUR PERSOAL GPS          
       You just might reach your life's destination better if you remember   
   YESTERDAY IS HISTORY; TOMORROW IS A 
        MYSTERY; TODAY IS A GIFT OF GOD,         
    THAT IS WHY IT IS CALLED THE PRESENT  

LOVE DOESN'T MAKE THE WORLD GO AROUND, LOVE IS WHAT MAKES
THE RIDE WORTHWHILE- Shannon Alder



NOSTALGIA HAS A WAY OF BLOCKING THE REALITY OF THE PAST - S.Alder

The "point" in Point Pleasant, West Virginia is formed by the Kanawha River flowing into the Ohio River.  It was named Point Pleasant by a young surveyor by the name of George Washington.  

Throughout my life, I have stood at this "point" and said, "Some day I'll sail down this river".   Since my retirement, 24 years ago, I have been down the river three times.

EACH DAY PROVIDES IT'S OWN GIFT - Marcus Aurelius


In 1948, just past my 17th birthday, I graduated from Point Pleasant High School.  The year book name was a combination of the Kanawha and Ohio, OH-KAN.  All three of my year books were destroyed.  

I missed the year books for lots of reasons but most often by reading an obit of a class mate whom I could not recall their face without the year book to look them up.

The school newspaper was named the "Tu-Edu-Wei", which is an Indian word meaning "The mingling of two waters".

I have lived all over the world.  Point Pleasant is my home.  I shall be buried there.




THERE COMES A TIME IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE TO TURN THE PAGE, WRITE ANOTHER BOOK OR SIMPLY CLOSE IT - Shannon Alder


WALT AND DOTTIE
17 years of age, in the Navy
On January 19th, 1948 I went to an out of town basketball game with Dottie Songer.  We continued to date until I graduated in May and joined the Navy in July.  We saw each other the few times I was home over the next four years.  She married and had three boys and I married and had two boys and a girl.  Like me, she has lost all her family.  She is a widow.  She lives about 15 minutes from one son in California, an hour from another son and her third son lives in Ohio.  

Dottie's parents started her to school a year late because she was so small.  My parents started me to school a year early because I was so big.  She was two years behind me in high school although we were the same age.

A BOOK IS A GIFT YOU CAN OPEN AGAIN AND AGAIN - Garrison Keiller


(CLICK ON THE PICTURES TO ENLARGE)

THE BEST GIFT IS A HUG; ONE SIZE FITS ALL AND NO ONE CARES IF YOU RETURN IT - Marge Piercy

Dottie offered me the 1948 OH KAN.  I was delighted to accept.  What memories the book brought to mind.  In the above picture of the 1947 Point Pleasant Big Blacks football team, I am number 59, front row, second on the left on the right end.  I played defensive left end and offensive right tackle. 

NO ONE HAS EVER BECAME POOR BY GIVING - Anne Frank


I have only seen Dottie once in the last 64 years, and that only for a few minutes.  I hear about her sometimes from my niece.  I did write her a letter to thank her for the book and also called.  In our talk I confirmed that her birthday is on August 24th and she remembered that mine is on March 31st.  While, like me, she has grown old, she will forever remain my high school sweetheart.


WE MAKE A LIVING BY WHAT WE GET.  WE MAKE A LIFE BY WHAT WE GIVE.
Winston Churchill



MAY GOD BLESS DOTTIE FOR HER GENEROSITY

MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS

MAY GOD BLESS THE USA


3 comments:

Cheryl said...

That is wonderful of Dottie to give you the 1948 year book!
I know you are enjoying reminiscing.
You sure were a handsome dude and still are. And I'm not just
saying that because you are my cousin!

Walt Pierce said...

Thanks, Cheryl. What can I say? The truth is the truth, huh? Uh, you forgot to mention that I am "SWEET, GENTLE AND KIND, MEEK, LOWLY AND HUMBLE". Un Huh!

Cheryl said...

Of course you are all that! And I think I take back after the Pierces!