Jack W Greer

Waterloo, IL

#1 Sep 7, 2012
AWAKE AT 3:30 AM WITH MEMORIES FROM OVER 50 YEARS AGO
There is an advantage in having a poor memory. You have less to forget.
Last night around 3:30 AM I found myself awake and recalling a school-age memory from years ago. At 63, this memory took me back to a fourth grade class at Buder Elementary School in the Ritenour District some 50+ years ago.
I suppose this old memory was recharged with driving some of the younger children to school over the past couple of weeks. I have also always been a fan of Art Linkletter – again, showing my age – and his Kid Say The Darnedest Things – and as we all know, THEY DO! After arriving back at Children First Learning Center from her day at Zahnow Elementary’s Pre-School, one little girl walked up to me sitting in the driver’s seat and patted by arm and noted,“You are my favorite bus driver.” This little girl even remembered my name. She has a career in politics I would say.
Here I am lying in bed and thinking about a class project we participated in back in the late 1950’s. All of us fourth-grade students were to set across from another student and draw the other person. Looking back, I am sure the teacher was looking to see who picked up the greatest amount of detail – fingers, teeth, hair, etc. I never have been very artistic, so I’m sure mine was not very good. When Connie B.(Yes, I still remember her name!) showed me her drawing of me, the hair, eyes and shape looked pretty close. However, there was an unusual bluish, purple mark Connie had drawn across the top of my upper lip. When I quizzed her about the unusual feature, she assured me that it was there. It then hit me!
I have never been a milk drinker. I always drank juice from my Thermos mug. Many days I would have Pineapple-Orange juice. However, this day I recalled having Welch’s Frozen Concentrate Grape Juice for lunch. Now, here I am 50+ years later, lying in bed at 3:30 AM wondering what might have been. Heck, I could have been famous! My picture could have been on all of those placards, advertisements, buses and signs. The only difference would have been, mine would have read,“Got Grape Juice?”

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