I begin with a scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:1 "Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them."
This verse is good advise. Trust in the Lord when you are young and give your whole life to Him.
Sometime ago I had an article about a class trip to St. Louis to see a Cardinal ball game. Classmates commented to it favorably. But most remembered the senior trip to Pensacola, Fla. So I will relate to you something of the trip.
I mention again how the school trusted us and provided a bus and driver to take us on the trip. Of course the main chaperons were Mrs. Cora Dudley and Mrs. Loyce Click. They were our senior sponsors.
Like many schools we had a couple of fund raisers to use for such outings. We sold ads from round about businesses and individuals. In addition to this we usually had a school play. I remember taking a day from school to sell ads. We did pretty good that year.
I had a part in the play, "Good Gracious Grandma." It was about two young women going to visit someone. The woman of the house was a grandmother and it happened that two young men were also to be there. Grandma had to be away and they needed to have a chaperon to be respectful. My part was one of the boys and we decided to dress one of the boys in grandma clothes so no bad word got out. My part was to be the grandma.
The senior trip was such a memorable trip. Our bus driver was Mr. Loyd Bolin. We drove down on a Monday. We stayed in a motel in Pensacola and did various things, mainly swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. We saw things we kids had never seen before. The moss covered trees and flowers were abundant. We saw a lot of antebellum old homes and other things rather than cotton and soybeans. I remember I worked picking strawberries on the Flannigan farm at Childress for the Dudley Brothers near Monette. We had enough money for our motel but most of us had to watch our pennies.
The ocean was so pretty and blue. We swam at the Pensacola Beach. I remember the sun was so bright all the time we were down there. It was a public beach and there were a lot of swimmers. We saw the porpoises jumping in the distance. I remember a black object swimming and kids would try to jump on it. It looked like a dark shadow under the water. A shark one day came where we were swimming. The lifeguard yelled out "shark" and it looked like a giant egg beater as the kids got out. His big, dorsal fin made a few circles and went out to deeper waters.
One afternoon five of us boys decided to rent us a boat and ride out into the Gulf. We got an old boat for $5 and we contributed $1 each. It was a dog of a boat and we got way out, stopped the engine, and we couldn't restart it. We found a pair of rusty pliars and we took out the spark plug and dried it off. It started right up and we made it back to shore.
We left on Friday for the ride back home. Our cousnelors counted our money and we had a free final meal on the money left. We kids got to know one another better. What a treat to have our school time to end like this. I was back to Pensacola a few year ago and walked ont eh beach having ome precious memories.