I thought my high school year would be something new and something to look forward to. My freshman year was exciting with initiation and all the school events. I had my first date with a boy, Jack Goodwin. We triple dated with Wauneta and Red Lee, Dorsey Triplett and Marvin Seger.
I played basketball with Betty Simmons and Polly Carter. We won a few games and lost a few but it was fun. I thought third hour study hall was crazy. The Juniors and Seniors were in there with Miss Denny as our teacher. The upper class boys got by with murder.
On February 9, 1944, Linda Sue, Wauyaugh’s second daughter, was born. I was kind of disappointed because I wanted her to be a boy; but she is still awfully sweet. But wasn’t able to see her much because they lived near Welch, OK.
A Summer of Work
The summer of 1944 was another summer of work because there continued to be no help available. Wauneta and I rode the binder, drove the grain truck, scooped grain and helped put up hay as well as doing chores. I also carried water horseback to the thrashing crew. Summer seemed to be hot and long.
It was nice to have school start but chores still had to be done before we went to school and when we got home from school. During my sophomore year, Jack Goodwin and I dated some. We doubled dated with Floyd Morgan and Virginia Stine most of the time. But, sometimes Jack would go to MYF (Methodist Youth Fellowship) with me.
During his junior year in high school and my sophmore year, we attended a revival at Baptist church and he went forward to accept Jesus Christ as his savior. However, our relationship was kind of rocky because Jack was so jealous of Bill Long and Gordon Carter, who had been my good friends ever since 4th grade.
High School Activities
I was also elected cheerleader with Martha Hayes, Eloise Thomas and Virginia Stine. We prepared and presented lots of dialogues for pep chapel, which was fun. In December, we helped prepare for the football banquet at the Methodist church which was exciting and loads of fun. The football team had done well with Marvin Seger as quarterback and Jack was half-back.
In November, mother, dad and I went to Corpus Christi to see Guy’s graduation from Navy flight school and to see him awarded his Ensign wings. We rode a bus to Corpus Christi so I saw lots of new country and scenery. I remember going shopping in the stores and hearing people speak Spanish, which I had never heard before. I, also, remember sitting on steps by our hotel looking out over this big body of water, which was the Gulf of Mexico. Lots of sights, scenery and people I had never experienced before.
Because the Senior class at EHS (Edna High School) was so small, they asked me to play the part of Cynthia in their Senior play, “This Thing Called Love.” I was to play opposite of Jack. It was fun but Jack and I were off and on throughout the practice and had broken-up by the time of presentation. Crazy! But the play was fun and went off well.
At the end of the year assembly, I received a school letter for my basketball, music and academics. I had also kept football “stats” for Mr. Carter, coach. He had asked me because he knew I had played football, understood the game of football and how to record yardage. I felt honored to get to do it for him.
When school was out that year, I worked for Virginia Burnett. She had a new baby. I worked for her all summer when I wasn’t helping dad. I took care of the baby, cooked, did laundry and cleaned house. I, also, worked for Bessie Dean before and after Wallie was born on August 4. I was glad to have my first nephew to play with but I was too busy to play with him very much.