2021 September 19

Day.    94⁰      Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 90s. Northwest winds 5 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon.      Night.    74⁰     Clear. Lows in the lower 70s. South winds 5 to 10 mph.

Scrambled eggs with cheese, bacon, toast, and tomatoes for breakfast. While breakfast was cooking, I was also making hamburger stew in the slow-cooker for lunch time.


Kara went with us to Sunday school/Bible study this morning. Normally, rather than go from the chapel to the worship center, we, would stay in the air conditioned chapel, and watch the service as it is broadcast on Facebook. That way we avoid the crowding.

Though masked and social distanced seating, after the service, people tend togather backbone to bellybutton at the doorway.

Today, however, the air in the chapel wasn’t working. We left and headed for home …

With a couple of stops. Kara put $45 of gas in the truck. Then it was across the highway to Mojo’s so Kara could get an iced quad squirt latte. We also drove through Donut Palace for donuts. Once home, we waited awhile before eating our stew.

Late in the afternoon we went to H.E.B. for lettuce and bacon. We had BLTs for supper. I cooked the bacon while Ella and Kara went swimming.


The school was a three story red brick building that sat upon a small knoll. Though as a youngster I never questioned why a town of two hundred people had such a large school building, even if was kindergarten through senior high. However, there were plenty of big yellow school buses the traveled those dusty or snow packed, twisted and hilly backroads picking up children. 

Several things of note about the school. One, not all classes had enough students to warrant a fulltime teacher. So adjustments were made. For instance second and third grades shared a classroom and a teacher. Each grade had their own side of the room. One side was given work to do while the other side was being taught.

The second thing of note was that the school was heated by a coal fired boiler. This was notable because the coal delivery truck often came when we children were at recess. What red blooded American boy doesn’t want to watch as tons of shiny black coal is guided into a chute by red blooded American men wearing coal covered leather aprons?

The third and most important object of interest about the school was the third floor fire escape. It was a shinny tubular slide. Oh how I wanted to slide down that wonderful device. But the entrance was through a window in one of the classrooms that seemed to always be guarded by a teacher. Though the joy of sliding down was inaccessible, that didn’t stop us from attempting to climb inside it from the bottom. I would like to report that I constantly and consistently made it to the top. Tragically I never did.


Goodnight and God bless

©2021 Thomas E Williams

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