darrel bowlby

Fall of 1947, I was a high school newbie, straight out of a one-room, one-eight grade school.  My high school was not big – about a hundred kids I suppose, but most of them knew each other because of going to grade school together.  I felt every bit an outsider.  I lived in the country about 15 miles out of town and rode in on a school bus.

About the second week was called “initiation” week.  The Freshmen had to do something rather weird each day.  One day we had to wear clothes inside out; another we had to wear an onion tied around our necks.  Really pretty much harmless stuff.  But sometimes harmless can still be pretty frightening.

One day we had to kneel to any upperclassman who told us to do so.  This scared country bumpkin (me) got off the bus and started the walk up to the school building.  Some Big Shot Sophomore stopped me and told me to kneel to him.  Now this was not something I ever expected and, according to my Christian belief, I did not think I should do.  I don’t know what my decision would have been, because out of the blue, Gallant, Senior Darrel Bowlby pulled rank on Big Shot and told me I didn’t have to do that!

Recent events have brought this story to my memory, and I’m wishing for some Darrel Bowlbys.

Those I look to, to be my “heroes” are all kneeling.  Where are the Gallant Seniors who will tell the bullies to knock it off!

Well, Darrel Bowlby, if you are still out there someplace, you are finally receiving a thanks from this 1947 country kid.  Probably a surprise, huh?  That’s your picture straight out of the high school yearbook – the 1948 Branding Iron.


About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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11 Responses to WE NEED SOME HEROES

  1. floridaborne says:

    That is my question, too. What are we putting up with this S#!%. Why aren’t the heroes stepping up in droves?

  2. oneta hayes says:

    Afraid of losing their government pay. Government is the only thing secure right now. If socialism comes in that will be out the window except for the chosen few.

  3. pranabaxom says:

    You did not find your heroes in Mitch Lindsey’s? What a shame.

  4. Faye says:

    so grateful to see your blog. my whole life has been upended a bit by new computer. you are appreciated and loved. Where are the 2020 heroes indeed, Anti-god sentiments are rising world wiid under the guise of something else . Jesus is still LORD in the midst of deception and anachy.

    • oneta hayes says:

      We will know something before long. How much longer will his grace continue to us? The future, however, is in his control. The scary thing is that he gives control to man. Man is unpredictable. Now man seems to lack all good sense even in earthly terms and certainly in spiritual sense. Keep trusting Him; He does not panic and He is not without love and mercy. But He will judge someday. When?

  5. calmkate says:

    sounds like a super kind guy … maybe you can trace him on fb?

    How are you Oneta … out to save the world I see 😉

    • oneta hayes says:

      Kate, I have on my Face Book a connection to my county in those days. My son suggested I put this on a status there. I did so. Lots of response. Not many knew of Darrell, but one person said he has relatives in town and gave me their names. Interesting but I haven’t followed up. And, yes, I would surely like to be able to save the world. I only know of one way I can even affect it, however; the saving has to be under the control of somebody bigger than I. 😀

      • calmkate says:

        Glad you have your son to help, I am not a fan of fb but great if you can connect with old mates!

        Heaven and Hell are right here on earth, we don’t need to wait for death to experience them 🙂

        • oneta hayes says:

          I haven’t experienced either Heaven or Hell here on earth. Still looking to eternity in Heaven. Nice hope. But life here has been closer to the Heaven side. Part of the reason I have hope. Mostly life if made by ones own choosing. I have seen noble people who seemed to have a bit of Heaven in them even though their earthly circumstances appeared to me to be filled with woe. Nite, Kate. I enjoyed your covid jest today. A light touch.

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