Years ago the doldrums and greyness of February were left behind for one evening. At a dance called Sno-Daze. Some school group sold buttons and tickets..we would have a real live band and everything..it might have been "The Images" from nearby Menahga. They were a pretty good band…not as good or as crazy as "The Unbelievable Uglies" but cheaper. The dance took place in the high school gymnasium..with the band on the stage..and lots of dancers on the wood floor. Some one served punch, in little plastic cups, and the teachers were chaperone’s.
I bought a brand new outfit, an angora sweater and a matching wool skirt from O ‘Mearas in Detroit Lakes..it was the place to go back then for teenage clothing. Of course the skirt was fairly short..it was three or four inches above the knee..long by today’s standards. Far Guy wore a sport coat with dress pants. he also wore a white shirt with a dickie underneath it. Dickie’s were very popular back then. For those of you who do not know what a dickie was, it is just a turtle neck with a flap in the front and a flap in the back..you wore them under shirts or blouses. You just pulled it over your head, and smoothed down the flaps, it looked like you had another shirt on underneath.
I was a Junior that year, Far Guy was a Senior. I helped him get through Advanced Algebra, I sat in front of him in Study Hall. Until that fateful day that he sat in my chair instead of his, I had absolutely no intention of going out with him, much less falling hopelessly in love with him. He had dated my best friend Cathie, the year before. Besides that he had two girlfriends, they were all he could handle..and sometimes he even ignored them. I was playing the field, and just had lots of friends…. I had two study halls, in the other study hall I sat behind "Gravy". That was his nickname then and that is his nickname now. At Far Guys 40th Class Reunion, Gravy gave me a big hug, Far Guy later asked me " Did you ever go out with Gravy?" No..I replied..I sat behind him in study hall, but he never sat in my chair:)