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Memories get better with time

link Clyde Davis

Local columnist

This approaching week will be homecoming week at Clovis High School. Appropriately, that type of celebration will not happen until some time later at Clovis Christian High; by appropriately, I mean that this allows young adults from either school who are dating or are friends with someone at the other school to attend both celebrations.

I have not actually made it back to my high school or college for homecoming for many years. I do know that there are some who manage to do so, but when one is this many miles from those venues, it doesn’t look promising this year, either.

My memories of senior homecoming are not stellar. I am not sure which piece of the pie was hardest to choke down. If I wanted to be dramatic, I would say that it ruined my life, but I really cannot come anywhere close to that. It was just a pretty bad week, that was all.

The cheerleader, a friend since fourth grade, who broke our date at the last minute; the football coach who told the principal that stag groups should be allowed at the dance because none of us linemen could get dates; the junior quarterback by the name of Joe Montana who rubbed our defensive noses in the dirt all night, literally — these all added up to a memorable time, but not life destroying.

Life looms larger than life, sometimes, when one is going through adolescence. Particularly powerful pivotal points may include that last high school homecoming game for students who are involved in football, band, cheer squad, dance and drill, and so on.

By all means, those events should be memorable and should leave residual happiness, even if the details are less than perfect. Even if it rains all night, even if you miss a few notes in the half time band performance — the pieces that matter should be present years later.

For example, that you have been through a type of initiation which is doubtless unique to the American culture and to this particular century. Certainly, similar rites of passage existed in all cultures and all time, but this is our form of it.

For example, that you have actually attained the threshold of graduating from high school. As all of my students are seniors, or almost all of them, a recurring theme in my classroom is “Don’t give up now.” A free public education causes you to become better equipped than a great majority of the world is. The diploma given at the completion of that education is important.

There are lots of memories associated with this particular time of year, and its rites of passage. Even if your senior homecoming was a week of disasters, I hope it looks good in retrospect.

Clyde Davis is a Presbyterian pastor and teacher at Clovis High School. He can be contacted at:

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