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Carol Perkins: Scavenger hunt & sorting leads to treasures

On a dull, rainy day sorting keepers and discards, Carol comes across memories, which took from from melancholy is a high, a Rocky Mountain high.
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By Carol Perkins

In searching for some missing jewelry, my scavenger hunt led to treasures long ago forgotten. On a dull, rainy day with no motivation to do anything but stay inside, I tackled my office/kids bedroom. When Jon left home he quickly pointed out that I didn't take much time dismantling his bed and moving in a corner computer desk and filing cabinets. I didn't know he would be so touchy about his room!

This particular do-nothing day, I tackled that room vowing to throw away random papers and odds and ends. In my milling around, I discovered long forgotten mementos of high school days, clippings from Carla and Jon's adventures, and pictures. What will I ever do with all these pictures?

Among the newspapers and pictures and projects were cards and letters. Each one took me to a special place. There was the sweetest letter from a middle school student sent in the mail to me long after the school year ended. She is now a college graduate living in Nashville, so I sent her a Facebook message to thank her all over again. She responded with the same sweet words she had used back then. Another precious card was from a student and her mother! The student had moved to the middle school in December many years ago and thanked me for making it easier for her. Her mother had also been a student of mine "way back when," so I reached out to thank her again. I discovered that her daughter was expecting her first child! I'm loving this day.

I found other letters and notes from students, but the one that gave me a chuckle was from a boy who had never been able to get along with his English teacher (middle school and he was not an easy one), so he wrote me a note on an index card and left it on my desk. "Miss Perkins, if you let me come to your class I promise I will be good." I knew sometimes a change of scenery prompts a change in behavior, so I agreed and he kept his word. I wonder what happened to him.

I found letters from Glasgow Daily Times readers, notes from friends, letters from high school students for various purposes, and drawings my grandchildren did before they could write their names. Knowing how to organize all these irreplaceable items stumped me until I spotted a plastic drawer with a case. Now I have all my keepsakes (from this room at least) together.

All the while I was searching, organizing, and tossing, music from my itune playlist (loud these days so I can hear) had me singing along. Then I came to my John Denver playlist. Since his death in 1997, I have not listened to his music as much as I once did because I was such a huge fan. On this day his unmistakable voice belted out "Rocky Mountain High" and so did I. John and I finished the day with a journey that led me as far back as far as the early sixties. When I was able out of bed that day, I did not expect it to end on such a high...a Rocky Mountain one at that!

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