Two Things I Remember – My First Day of School 69 Years Ago

Apple Tree Behind Me Still There 69 Years Later

Our memory tends to fail as we get older, but I remember two distinct things the first day I entered the first grade 69 years ago.  I remember the metal lunch bucket I carried.  I’m not sure, but I think my late sister Claudine, six years older, used it before I did.  And I remember the apple tree, shown behind me in the photos, that was there when I started to school

Apple Tree Behind Me Still There 69 Years Later

Apple Tree Behind Me Still There 69 Years Later.  While the photos shown here do not clearly show it, the tree has apples on it just as it did my first day of school.  The photos here were taken in mid-September 2016, and our school started in mid-September.

Dennis Rowan Standing at the Bus Stop

Dennis Rowan Standing at the Bus Stop

Little has changed otherwise.  The paved road seen here was a gravel road then, and the bus stop was moved about 150 feet closer to home a few years later.  We lived at the end of a dead-end road (still do), and the bus stop was about .2 mile from our house.  The bus stop was located at the driveway of Gordon McCormick even though Gordon had no vehicle to drive.  He had mules he used for working on his farm, but had no riding mules or horses. The driveway now leads to the home of Bob Wallace.

More trivia, I am writing this in the same room where I was born more than 75 years ago.

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