We enjoyed Mother’s Day at our daughter’s house. As there were impending storms, Stuart (he hates thunder storms) was invited to join the family for the festivities.
My high school class is having a reunion in a few months. Several years ago I was asked (drafted) to become a member of the reunion committee because my good friend Richard Smith was removed from the group. It seems that he wouldn’t come to Indianapolis from Austin, Texas, to attend a few meetings over a six-month period to help plan the reunion. We had one of those dinner meetings this month, and things are shaping up nicely.
Lyn and I attended a birthday party for Rosie Click earlier this month. She is married to Tom Click, one of my best friends and a former classmate. Rosie has struggled through a difficult year of medical problems.
For years when I tried explaining something to her, I would at some point be exposed to her infamous eye roll. It was so gratifying to be treated to one of those during the party. She seems to be getting back to becoming the Rosie we all loved, enjoyed and put up with for many years.
Her husband and their daughter, Laurie French, have supported Rosie through her recovery process. I was shocked when I was explaining something to Laurie. As she was listening she tilted her head to the side and presented me with one of Rosie’s eye rolls.
The day following the party, Lyn and I made our way to Crawfordsville to celebrate the graduation of our grandson Trevor from Wabash College.
Stuart and I have completed our reading programs at Hornet Park and South Grove schools in Beech Grove. The initiative gives some really cool students an enjoyable opportunity to read to Stuart. In the past Stuart hasn’t totally understood summer break. I’m thinking for the next few weeks he will be confused because we won’t be going to the schools.
We have some high school graduation parties coming up. Alicia Taylor, who was a first-grader when I her drove to school as a bus driver, will graduate from Canfield High School in Ohio. She was the self-appointed assistant superintendent of Bus No. 5.
Briana Markland will also be graduating. For years I worked with her mom, Angie Markland. I have had the pleasure to watch these young ladies grow and mature.
I again have a scheduling problem as our daughter Michelle is getting married on that same day: June 14. Several people have informed me that I can be at only one place at a time. I will get together with Alicia and Briana to set up a time for us to celebrate their graduations.
Memorial Day gave me the opportunity to remember one of my high school classmates who lost his life serving in the Vietnam War. Pfc. Stuart Ernhart died Jan. 25, 1966. RIP Stuart, thank you.
Shonk is a 1960 graduate of Southport High School, a ’63 grad of Indiana Central College (now the University of Indianapolis) and a retired bus driver from Beech Grove Schools.