I walked the four miles roundtrip to Burdine School from Cane Branch where there was this very pretty girl I was nuts about for the years I went there. I was very good in all sports during my school years.
We lived on a 100-acre farm and I had to get home after school, and go into the field to work until it got dark.
During high school in Jenkins, I was playing all sports and this same girl was watching us. I still was very shy and could not talk to her to ask her to go out with me.
When World War II heated up, I left school early with other young boys and joined the U.S. Air Force after taking my GED test and passing it. I was training to become an enlisted pilot in the Air Force Air Sea Rescue Service at Langley Field, Virginia.
After I received my wings, I went home for three days. I was talking with some of the high school boys when this pretty girl walked up. These folks were telling me how nice I looked in my uniform with my pilot wings.
Before I asked her anything, she tells me she has a boyfriend.
I don’t recall seeing her again.
I knew her for over 20 years.
I’m told she is no longer with us.
(Contributing writer Everett Vanover lives in California.)