We all exchanged puzzled looks after the headmaster closed the door and warned us to behave. After a long line of substitutes, our new teacher was scheduled to arrive, but no one had yet seen her. Nine-year-olds can only be good for so long, so chatter quickly filled the classroom as we prepared for our latest victim. Then the classroom door burst open with an ear-splitting warning: “Not a chirp, not a pip, not a peep!”
My generation reminisces about go-kart tracks, Putt-Putt and TG&Y, but our young parents will inevitably pine for another relic: Toys R Us. Big box stores have toys, but the journey through cosmetics, hardware, or housewares can ruin the joy.
Fall is refreshing, especially after a long, hot summer, and winter is somewhat soothing. Spring, however, is just plain exciting. As an Okie, I generally look forward to Valentine’s Day as the unofficial start of spring, so this February broke my heart just a little. Spring break, however, rarely disappoints.
“Are you ready to go sledding, Tommy Boy?” Few things excite my lifelong friend and childhood hero, Toby Dawn McIntyre, more than a snow day, and he has been dying to slide down the backside of the Waurika dam ever since I came to Duncan.
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