Rolling through the years …


I’ve really enjoyed that cool and refreshing air the last few days … today I even wore a coat. I took a different route this morning and watched a young man blowing kisses to his daughter at the school bus stop just as that big ol’ yellow bus was drawing near.  She was blowing kisses back to him and waving goodbye.  That simple act made me wonder how many more days for that ritual?  I’m guessing this is probably the last week for school to be in session for everyone.

Last week was Lincoln Park High School’s graduation. I noticed it in the online paper or on Facebook, but I neither saw, nor heard, any graduates zipping around with decorated cars and horns blaring.  Maybe these days they just update their Facebook status or Tweet a picture in cap and gown, with the tassel appropriately flipped to the opposite side,  and call it done?

It was forty years ago this week since I graduated with my Associates degree from Henry Ford Community College, which has recently rebranded itself as simply “Henry Ford College” – the picture above was the night I graduated and our little celebration at home. Just like the night of my high school graduation, it was a sticky-hot evening and I was similarly wearing a royal blue gown and mortarboard, but it was a much smaller gathering … after all, we had 613 grads in our high school class.  The guest speaker at HFCC graduation was the Honorable Justin Ravitz, at that time, a controversial sitting judge from Detroit Recorders Court.  His spiel was pretty animated and he ticked off a few of the higher ups at the college, though I can’t for the life of me remember the controversial topic he spoke of.  I enjoyed my time at HFCC because high school had been very clique-y and one had to move in certain circles to write on the school newspaper, participate in student government, or be involved with fun extracurricular activities.  Attending HFCC gave me that opportunity to do those things.  I was on the staff of “The Ford Estate” newspaper and authored the student handbook.  I also was involved with student government and  part of a group of six students that spent a week in New York representing the country of Egypt at the National Model United Nations Conference.

Wow – forty years! Where did the time go?  It seems as if it rolled on by, yet sometimes it feels like just yesterday.  Seeing that little girl at the bus stop somehow made me feel old … that might have been me some 55 years ago.

Time is fleeting. It is Flag Day and about half of June is done already … every morning on the radio they say how many days are left in the year – 200 as of today.  I’m just shy of the 300-miles-walked marker due to the weather, some errands and being busy at work which caused me to miss a few forays … I hate that.  The upcoming stormy weather will similarly delete the next day or two from my walking agenda, yet I remain hopeful I’ll reach that long haul of 350 miles by the long holiday.  Is it doable?  Just stay tuned!

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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6 Responses to Rolling through the years …

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    I am sure you will achieve your walking goal. It was a beautiful day today.Tomorrow promises rain.


  2. You know, I graduated with you at HFCC that day, too. I actually finished my coursework there in August 1975 but they only did graduations once per year. I graduated from Wayne State in June 1978 though I finished my coursework in April 1978. Did we walk at all three graduations together – LPHS ’73, HFCC ’76 and WSU ’78?

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  3. lindasschaub says:

    I didn’t know that Cheryl. I was involved in student government and knew some of the people behind the scenes at graduation who were in student services … they were tsk-tsking about something Justin Ravitz said. I cannot remember what it was … I thought I remembered a longish speech of some type. I did not know we were there together that night. But, no, I did not attend WSU graduation. My grandmother had come over from Toronto to attend and was going to sit with my parents – I had the cap/gown etc. and I decided not to go in the end. I had some pictures with the gown, and a pic of my grandmother in the cap/gown holding a rolled-up piece of paper. It seems the reason had something to do with my grandmother – she had heart disease and hot and sticky weather was bad for her breathing – maybe that is why and I did not go down there alone. I visited the diner where I worked all through college in my gown and posed inside and outside with my boss/wife – I loved working for them. They were like grandparents to me. In fact, after I finished WSU I stayed on til October of 1978 until my boss/wife retired. You might remember the man who owned the diner was murdered and the new owner came in and wanted to run the place himself, without Erdie (the manager) and his wife Ann, so they retired. That ws their life – they worked at Michigan Central Depot for a few years and had been there at Carter’s for decades. They were well past retirement age by then anyway. But I just worked weekends after graduation – started at the ad agency shortly after graduation. We have a past together Miss.


  4. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………you were just beautiful in that cap and gown…………………………… amaze me……………………I did attend the Lincoln Park HS graduation ceremony… was very nice……………………no there werent any cars decorated…………….yes everyone probably did the facebook and twitter thing……………………….Congratulations on your 40th anniversary!


  5. lindasschaub says:

    Thanks Ann Marie, so many years ago. Did you have friends or relatives with children graduating this year? I saw one decorated car in a driveway in Lincoln Park for Riverview’s Gabriel Richard High School and that was the very beginning of June. Sometimes it seems like yesterday!


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