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2B THE BEACON COSHOCTON -Every year about this time, I think of my high school graduation week. At that time it was the most anticipated event of my life. Finally free, my sum- mer would begin with marrying my high school sweet- heart, then moving to the Rocky Mountains where he was starting college. But my parents had other plans for me. Actions have consequences, they said, and if I wanted to enjoy the consequences, I needed more life experience, also known as maturity. But like a bird eager to leave the nest before learning to fly, I was ready to take the leap. So when Senior Cut Day arrived, I added another plan to my already flawed agenda. I would go to school as usual but, like the rest of the seniors who were cutting classes, I would leave after first period. Then when Mom asked how school went, I could truthfully tell her it went fast. I should’ve known better. Half-truths had never impressed my parents, who were respected for their integrity. But graduation was a time in my life when I Senior Cut Day was focused on what I wanted, and right then I want- ed a little white dress for commencement. My parents had large medical bills, so I’d saved money from my part-time job to purchase the dress myself. To me, that seemed wise. I could use it for both graduation and my upcoming non-wedding (which was what I had begun calling the day when I would be married, apparently in front of a justice of the peace). Have I mentioned that it was1969? At that time tele- phones rang until they were either picked up or hung up, and I was just walking into our house with my shopping bag when ours began to ring. My internal guilt alarm went off immediately. Was Mr. Stimple, the attendance teacher, about to ruin my day? I hurried to get between Mom and the phone. It seemed to ring with conviction as I told her what I’d done, and the disappointment in her eyes almost made me want to take the dress back. Almost. But then she said, “Katie, you’re going to do whatev- MAY - JUN E 201 7 OF CO SHO CTO N CO UNT Y People / Places / Hobbies / Fam ily / Health / Fina nce page 06 page 12 Older Americans Month Celebrated Tyndall UMC Celebrates 125th Anniversary Coshocton has Active Honor Guard The Beacon w w w.coshoctonbe The cover of this issue of Boomer Times features Tom Apple placing an American flag on a veteran’s grave at South Lawn Cemetery. er Mr. Stimple asks to make this right. Understood?” Clutching the dress to my fickle heart, I nodded. After all, I was eighteen and graduating. How bad could the penalty be? Mom finally picked up the phone, listened, then deliv- ered the sentence. For a week after graduation, I would go to school detention five hours a day for five days. Stunned and ready to argue, I set my jaw in a hard line. But what I saw as I stared at my mother restrained me. Why had I never noticed the lines carved into her face by the hard work and hard hurts of unconditional love? In the following years my character grew to make Mom proud. But that June, as the only high school grad- uate in a full detention room, I began learning a lesson. Little birds shouldn’t fly too soon in the face of love so strong. Patricia Kent is a contributing columnist to Boomer Times. contributed | Beacon Blackson’s work to be shown at West Lafayette Library ON THE COVER BOOMER times page 04 May 17, 2017 By Beth Scott WEST LAFAYETTE – Lewis “Pooch” Blackson is well- known around the Coshocton community and is known to always have a story about the good old days in Coshocton, a few laughs, and maybe even his ever-pop- ular no-string banjo on hand for a song or two. But most people don’t know that Blackson also sketches, and his sketches are being shown at the West Lafayette Branch Boyer Insurance Taking Care of You and Your Family... Generation After Generation AUTO • HOME • LIFE • BUSINESS Call for a FREE Quote! 740-622-2131 225 Chestnut Street, Coshocton • Library during the month of May. “I’ve sketched for some years,” said Blackson. “I’ve done hundreds of sketches. I sketch whatever comes to my mind.” Blackson comes from an artistic family. His brother Benny was an artist and was roommates for some time with famed local artist, Benton Clark. About 10 of Blackson’s pieces will hang in the West Lafayette Library until the end of this month. Blackson draws three birds in each of his sketches. There’s no reason, but make sure to look for the three birds in each drawing. He also signs all of his works, Grandpa. “When my grandson Tyler was little, I was sitting in the den sketching and I said to Tyler, sit down and sketch with me. He said, Grandpa, I can’t do that. When he was done, I told him to sign it Tyler. I decided to sign my sketch Grandpa and since then, everything I do is signed Grandpa.” Blackson said sketching is something he has always enjoyed. “It gives me something to do,” said Blackson. “I spend a lot of time sitting in the den in a comfortable chair just sketching.”