Many were just teenage boys when they left Grayson County. Loved ones shed tears and waved goodbye as the boys — thrust into manhood — rolled out on buses or by train, headed into the unknown. World War II had begun and their country needed them to fight in distant lands, not just to protect the freedoms enjoyed in the United States, but to help millions of others being oppressed and slaughtered by cruel, corrupt leaders.
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We here at the Herald Democrat’s one-man “International Center for the Study of Pop Culture” would be remiss if we didn’t close-out the week with a short eulogy for one of the best television shows of the last decade. AMC’s “Mad Men” wrapped its eight-year, seven-season run a week ago, finally locking the doors, once and for all, at Sterling Cooper.
I have a confession: For a grown-up I don’t know very much about cleaning. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a tidy person. I clean my room and do my dishes. But when it comes to deep cleaning, as in the stuff that only gets done a few times a year, I’m completely clueless.
As a mother watches her preschool boys sing with their classmates for their end-of-the-year concert, what words can she use to describe her feelings? Delight and amusement? Those seem to fit. But they also seem so distant from the actual experience.
Wednesday, May 20 may not seem like much of a day to most folks. That is unless it happens to be their birthday or the birthday of a loved one. A quick glance at a calendar that I have showed me it is a day that is right up my alley in more than one way.
My little niece spent much of the last weekend with us. She is 7 and is just finishing up the first grade. Those of you who have had children of that age know exactly how little I got done this weekend. All of that organizing I had planned is still undone. The writing I had pre-written in my head is still there, waiting. The laundry is piled in a corner, and the housecleaning I had saved for this weekend is still being saved.
Over the weekend, I covered both graduation ceremonies for Grayson College and Austin College. After hearing several stories of the challenges and triumphs of students, I was hit with a wave of emotion because it took me back to the moment I graduated college from Texas Christian University.
It’s that time of the year: graduation season. For many of you young people out there, it’s an exciting time when the possibilities seem endless and the world is yours for the taking.
Thank goodness it is finally Friday morning. It is also graduation day for the fine folks at Grayson College and graduation weekend for the folks at Austin College. Congratulations to one and all.
If I’ve learned nothing else in my nearly 24 years of life, it’s that nearly everything you can think of has its own holiday. The chicken dance included. In case you didn’t know, today is world Chicken Dance Day.