This is an image of the former YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association). When I was younger, we’d catch the bus downtown and walk to the YWCA. They had swimming for 2 hours for $1.00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It was fun stuff.
Last year, I made a book for SoFoBoMo, In Retrospect, which can be found here. It was inspired by a trip that I made back to Ohio to visit my sister. In the book I took you on journey from elementary to high school. At the time of that writing, my high school, Central-Hower, had been closed.
When I went back this year for a visit, I found that both my middle school, Goodrich Middle School, and my elementary school had been closed as well. The elementary school, McEbright Elementary, has been torn down and is being replaced by what they are now calling Learning Centers. These are two floor, high tech elementary schools.
I took Chris Klug by the school to show it to him, as he was interested in where I lived and where I went to school. I was shocked to see that the school no longer existed, but found instead, the skeletal beginnings of the new learning center. Time marches on. Now, even as I type this, I remember my old school, the faint smell of coal dust from the furnace in the basement, and the sounds of traffic that passed on Cole Avenue. The school was so old that it was not air conditioned. I wish that I could have walked the halls once more.
So, the moral of this story is, if you are thinking about doing a book, or anything, do it now. Don’t wait for tomorrow, for tomorrow, you might not have the opportunity … it just might be gone.