In my post ‘The ball is rolling’, I wrote the following –
As you know, several garage sales took place last year and additional ones are on the calendar for March. With downsizing from a 3,800 sq. ft. home to a smaller one comes downsizing furniture and possessions.
In today’s post I write the following –
Part of the downsizing taking place is opening boxes in our upstairs storage and going through possessions of long ago. Some of these possessions I have not viewed in many, many years. Some items will need to be discarded, as they hold no value as a keepsake. Other items will be kept a little longer until another day arrives that I will need to find a home for them, whether that be giving to my sons or the trash. I realize it is difficult to just throw items and memories of long ago away, but not everything can be kept forever.
One item I came across was a book titled ‘memories’, I received specially for my high school senior year to record ideas, impressions, opinions, thoughts and comments. This book includes personal data; including my senior picture, high school data, senior class data, class schedule, faculty information, clubs – activities – organizations; you get the idea.
I graduated high school in 1979 at the age of 19. I married my high school sweetheart at age 18, therefore I was married my senior year of high school.
One of the pages in this ‘memories’ book is titled ‘those who inspired’; I thought I would share with you what I wrote my senior year of high school about those who inspired me back in 1979.
The people who mostly inspired me were my parents, mostly my mother. I wanted to quit school but she did not want me to. I am glad she did not want me to quit. My band director Mr. W. inspired me; I owe him a great deal.
Today I write the following –
I have written several past posts how I feel about my mom. As you can see from the above words written back in 1979, she was and still is a very important person in my life. You can read more about my mom in these posts ‘Thanks Mom!‘, ‘Magnificent‘, ‘Happy Birthday Mom‘. My mom has played an important role in my life and always will. My senior year of high school was not easy, I was married and it was financially difficult at times for my then wife and me. But my mom told me to never give up, work hard and everything would work out. She was right!
You can read more about my band director in this post ‘My High School Band Director‘. This is the only teacher I had that took time to help me be the best I could be. He gave me opportunities and pushed me to be a better musician and a better leader.
I am thankful for these people and later in my life there would be others that would inspire me along the way.
In the future I will post about a few other odds & ends.