Starting school as a 7th grade nobody special

1953 summer rolls around to find myself facing the honor of starting school in September, a 7th grade nobody special. Classroom for 7th graders was assigned to the musty basement of our 1928 built A. D. Kelly School at Wallace, Alabama.

My summertime field work gave me time to save my cotton picking money to start the year all dressed in whatever Sears & Roebuck would sell me for my pennies on the dollar along with any Atmore cousins hand-me-downs that may come to me in a care bundle.

Loved those hand-me-downs. Nobody at dear old Wallace had ever seen those cousins wearing my hand-me-downs...