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Every now and then I pull my High School yearbook off the shelf and
thumb through it. The lime green suits, broad ties and tight, bell bottom
pants give me a chuckle now. At the time, I thought we were fashion trend
setters and that my generation would forever change the way people dress.
Today, I'm glad we didn't.
Our small High School didn't have a lot of things-we didn't have band
or art, but we did have football. Can you imagine a small town in Texas
without football? We never gave the school or the town much to cheer about.
I wouldn't call us the worst team in the history of High School football,
but we'd have to be close. Don't get me wrong, we could play. I mean, we
could punt, pass, catch, block and kick. Our only problem was we couldn't
seem to win. I can't look at those pictures long without being reminded
of that fact.
My favorite part of thumbing through the yearbook is looking at the
pictures and reading the pet peeves of my friends. It was a right of passage
of sorts. In our day, "children were to be seen and not heard." We were
to sit still, be quiet, and speak when spoken to. Times have changed, in
those days we weren't allowed to have opinions, much less express them.
That is, until we reached our Senior year. The yearbook staff, toward
the end of the spring semester, distributed a questionnaire asking for
our favorite things, our plans for the future and our pet peeves. Some
people took this unique opportunity to immortalize their disdain for the
school and its administration. But most took the exercise seriously. The
number one pet peeve among the 1977 graduating class of Silverton High
School was: "two-faced people."
Even if our fashion sense proved to be wrong, our "people sense" proved
to be right. No one appreciates duplicitous people. Not even God.
"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and
love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.
Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Matthew 6:24 KJV
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