To Go or Not to Go


As I was growing up, the oldest child in a large family, I mentioned going to college a couple of times, and my parents would say, “That would be nice…” I knew that every dollar was accounted for (and some of them already spent) before “our check” came on Thursdays, so a discussion about my parents helping with my dream never took place. After I had all of my plans made and nailed down, and with a few weeks till departure, I stood before my folks and revealed. Raised brows and stammering from them…

Shortly after, I stood with my bags beside me and determination in my pocket, and they were still in disbelief. They were fast learners though — when I ended my first semester of teaching, they believed me and accepted that I was going to college.

My mom accepted that I was going to retire much more easily!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mandy smith
    Feb 13, 2015 @ 01:57:43

    I’l bet they were so proud of your success, Phyllis!

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  2. Phyllis
    Feb 13, 2015 @ 18:44:29

    In their own way, yes (not a shout-it-from-the-rooftops way like lots of parents do now). But have you read in my sister’s blog Nutsrok about how my dad treated my siblings as my subjects?! LOL

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  3. lbeth1950
    Feb 19, 2015 @ 23:40:10

    I don’t believe they saw going to college as a possibility. I didn’t either until Phyllis did. I thought you had to be rich. Phyllis sought out financial aid. She was the kind of student teachers saw potential in. I was the ditzy one they probably thought might make a half-decent car hop if only I were coordinated enough to skate.

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  4. Phyllis
    Feb 21, 2015 @ 01:43:15

    Haha – I couldn’t skate, I was terrible at flirting, and my ponytail kept falling apart… so I had to get to college to support myself!



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