Jeff Messer, Chaplain




First Day Of School

School has officially begun, and with it brings memories of past school years. And when I say past, I mean WAY past! I remember quite well the first day of first grade at the old Wilson Elementary School here in Amarillo. Now, if you are much younger than me, don’t strain yourself trying to think where Wilson Elementary is because the school shut the doors for good right after I left. I think I overheard the principal saying something about not wanting to chance that ever happening again, as I walked out the door.

Those days were filled with reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic, and we did dance to the tune of a hickory stick quite often back in those days. Those were good days of Nifty Notebooks, real ink pens, and standing in line at Will Rogers Elementary to get our sugar cube with the Polio vaccine that Dr. Jonas Salk came up with. We would start the day out with a pocket full of marbles and at the end of the day we might have fewer or more depending on how the game went at recess. For some of us that was our first and last experience at gambling.

The beginning of school also brings back memories of being a young couple and my wife getting ready for her first day as a teacher. I will never forget the love and devotion she poured into the lives of her first graders. She can still remember many of their birthdays, brother’s and sister’s names, and important events that took place in their lives.

The first day of school also makes me smile as I think about our own children and the experiences we had as a family centered around their school. I remember PTO meetings, school plays, and endless hours of homework. We stayed busy with Cub scouts, Kid’s Inc. football and tee-ball, and any number of booster club projects to raise money for…well I am not sure what the money was for, but we raised it anyway!

It is so important to remember our stories and share them.  God instructed in Deuteronomy 32:7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask your father, and he will show you; your elders, and they will tell you.

I was visiting with one of our Bivins residents and her family member who graduated from high school about the same time I did. We got into our memories of Amarillo, and we both agreed that summertime in Amarillo had great memories but nothing quite compares with the memories of the first day of school. What are some of your memories? Please share them with us on Facebook. We would love to hear about them and will add them to the memories we share with our residents here at Bivins/Childers Place.

As always, I am praying for you!