It has been a busy weekend for me. I went back home for a school friend's funeral Saturday. I should not be going to a school friend's funeral - not for at least another twenty years. Everything about that trip made me sad.
What is up with my hometown anyway? Do we really need a bank on every corner in town? My elementary school was torn down to build a BANK! The Sunny Side Truck Stop is now a BANK! Bet we can't go to the back door of a BANK and get ten of the best hamburgers in the world for a buck. How long before the old hospital is torn down to build a BANK? Didn't we do just fine when the only bank was Farmers Bank which isn't Farmers Bank anymore but I usually still say Farmers Bank?
I guess the old high school will be a City Complex soon. Couldn't they all just wait until I don't remember how things used to be? Someday I won't remember falling down in the dirt and gravel of the steep hill beside the bus garage, hoping no one saw me, and pretending my knees weren't scratched and bleeding when I got to school.
And someday I will forget sitting in study hall when they announced President Kennedy had been shot. Someday I will forget there even was a President Kennedy. Oh wait, probably when my nurse comes out to give me a mini-mental exam and asks who the President is, I will say Kennedy.
Speaking of memory.....I forgot today would have been my Mama's birthday.
This is Mama when she was nine months old. Don't you think we should all have our pictures taken in a dishpan? Especially while naked with snow on the ground? This picture makes no sense to me at all.