Last week my sweetheart and I took a day trip to Central Oregon. We knew we would love to stay longer but that wasn't possible. We had a specific purpose in mind - something we wanted to do before winter set into the Cascade Mountains between here and there. My young growing up years were spent in Bend, Oregon - a town high in the Cascade range in Central Oregon - and that's where I met my sweetheart when I went back to visit friends many years later. Both of us have roots there and memories galore. After we had accomplished what we set out to do we drove around town to see some of the 'old' places from days gone by. One special place I wanted to see was the school where I attended fourth grade. It was an old building then but I loved every inch of it. I loved the vintage drinking fountains and light fixtures. I loved the creaky wood floors and stairs. I loved the 'coat closet' that you could only enter from the classroom. It was a place where we could hang our coats, place our lunch pails and stow our winter boots and outdoor clothing when we came in from play on winter days. Most of all, I dearly loved my teacher, Mrs. Fox. She made school days more special than I could have imagined. She was creative and loving and caring. She made each of us feel as if we were her own grandchildren. So, I wanted to go back and see if Reid School was still standing. And it was!
Soon I'll share more about our trip and some of the memory places that are dear to my heart.