Kind friend Dale Lincoln returns with another great tale and lesson about life...
Less than two weeks after being graduated from Shead Memorial High School at Eastport, Maine in 1954, a neighbor lady invited me to a social event at the Perry Grange. It sounded like fun so I accepted her invitation. I must mention that I prepared for that event the same way I had prepared each day while attending high school: Doing only the essential homework, but ready to listen when the teachers covered important, or interesting items. The rest of the time I daydreamed about playing baseball, hunting, fishing, and other usual things teenagers daydream about. The teachers seldom asked me questions.
A few people younger than myself also waited in the “ Grange party room” as the Grangers met in a room on the second floor. With the meeting over, they came downstairs. Soon food was being readied to be served.
The place started to be quiet when an adult said; “Dale.”
I stood up.
The adult continued: “You have just graduated from High School. Please tell us what you liked the most about High School.”
In a state of shock I didn't say: “Teacher's stories; 3:30 pm; weekends; and vacations!
My ears started warming! Unlike high school students today, being interviewed after winning the basketball game, I hadn't trained to roll my eyes and make the first statement: “It was awesome !”
I was speechless. Perspiration ran like a river down my back!.
Adults tried to help by asking questions that required “Yes” and “No” answers, but nobody asked;
“Wanna Get away?”
Soon the questioning stopped, but the embarrassment of those moments have never completely left me.
In retrospect, the incident at the Grange social was a wonderful lesson. Learning to “Be Prepared” can help us all along the path of life. Here in Florida, during my morning walk near sunrise, when someone says: “Good Morning,” I'm never stuck for an answer!
Dale C. Lincoln
In Zephyrhills FL
February 1, 2009