- I did not drink coffee. I ate two pieces of toast and drank a glass of milk, both of which were prepared by my mother every morning of the world before I went to school. I didn't like breakfast in those days, but my mother insisted I eat something, so I did eat what she fixed me.
- I did not drive. My father drove me to school every morning of my senior year at Leadville High School. My first class, college prep English, started before 7:00 a.m. Mornings were very cold at the two miles high altitude where we lived. I would freeze just sitting in the car as my father drove me school.
- I did not drive because I did not have a driver's license. My father didn't support the idea of me having a driver's license. He insisted I learn to drive, but he saw no need for me to have a license to do so. Once my driver's learning permit expired, and I knew how to drive, I never got a driver's license until I was 21.
- I never would have had my own car, nor would I have had access to a car. My father would never have even dreamed of getting me a car. He wouldn't let me get a job during the school year either, so I wouldn't be able to earn the money to get a car. In fact, the idea of having my own car never even entered my mind as a young woman. Very few of my friends had a car. A few guys had a car, very few, and my girl friend Mary had an old '50 Ford. Other than that, it was just unheard of in my town for high school girls to have cars.
- If I had a car, and if there had been a Starbucks or some other coffee shop to drive up to and buy a cup of coffee, and if I had drunk coffee at the time, I would not have had any money to buy a cup of coffee, and I would never have dreamed of all the coffee drink choices there are today.
The summer after I graduated from high school, just before I left for college in the fall of 1963, I visited my boyfriend's home to say good-bye. I am now married to the one who snapped this photo of me in front of his parent's home. High school provided me with a time when I made life time friendships. It also was a time when I met my true love and partner for the second half of my life. I remember how proud of me Jim was because I had earned a scholarship for college tuition and was going away for college. Dressed in my new shirtwaist dress, I thought I was the picture of a college girl. Now I think I look terribly young and if naiveté is written across my forehead. When this photo was taken, I had wonderful dreams and goals. I am happy I reached all of them. I do wish I'd had higher goals and loftier dreams. It was a different time then. Women didn't really think of doing much except being a wife, teacher, or nurse. For the times, I am happy with my choices and that I accomplished what I set out to do. I wouldn't trade the time in which I came of age for anything. I grateful I grew up when I did.