Thursday, March 31, 2005

You just never know...

Who would ever think...? Several nights ago I was reading Maurice's blog and I clicked on comments. There was a young woman commenting and I clicked on her name to see where it would lead me. It lead me here. I read her profile and found out she is from Mississippi (yea!) and is a HUGE Mississippi State fan! My roommate in college was a HUGE Mississippi State fan! So I begin reading a couple of her blogs and their comments. Well, one guy seemed pretty funny so I clicked on him to read about his blog. As I read I saw part of an entry that talked about a NEMCC reunion. He also mentions Tupelo and Baldwin. I stared at that for a minute and thought, "Tupelo, Mississippi, Baldwin, MS." NEMCC stands for Northeast Mississippi Community College, located in Booneville, Mississippi. I went there for my first year of college, in 1972-73, when it was Northeast Mississippi Jr. College. I left a comment stating that and how my grandmother had been from Booneville. I return to his blog the next day and he mentions his aunt, Eudora Kent, who was teaching English during the time that I was there. I took English from his aunt my second semester. My first semester I had Vessie Ferrel for English and she retired at the end of the 1st semester, hence, my moving over to Mrs. Kemp's English class.

I have chuckled over how small this world is. Who would have ever thought that I would link on to a stranger's blog, then link to another and find someone related to my college English prof in a relatively small town of Booneville (which has probably grown considerably since I was last there over 30 years ago).

It was a great town! My dad was stationed at Colorado Springs, CO after leaving Germany. We came back to the US on the SS United States....a big ocean liner, in the middle of December. My dad was going to go to Stillwater, OK to finish up his BS while we (the fam) stayed with my grandmother in Booneville. I went to school in Booneville for one semester before moving to Colorado Springs.

My highschool was huge back then, over 4000 students and I was just a number. A very shy young girl who turned kind of rebellious. The summer before I graduated I went on a trip with my girlfriend, Chris, next door to visit her grandmother. Chris' mom, Chris and I drove up to Fairbanks, Minnesota and stayed a week. It was such a beautiful small town on a lake with lots of trees. I thought about how much I enjoyed the pace of a small town. So, when I was trying to decide about where to go to college, and not knowing what I wanted to do exactly, but knowing that I wanted to get f---a----r away, I thought about NEMJC.

So, I ended up there, rooming with my best friend from that last semester of 5th grade. I was able to see and visit my grandmother often. And, I made it up to visit my aunts and uncles in Memphis, TN. It was a great year! One where I came to know the Lord. Booneville holds many dear memories for me!

12 comments:

Maurice said...

WOW! That is so awesome! Thanks for sharing that Claire. God continues to amaze me with the people he brings through my path. I am so thankful that you are on of those!

By the way, I am also thankful you were able to meet a friend of mine. :)

Pilot Mom said...

Thanks Maurice!

tonia/sparrow said...

in case you are a Napoleon Dynamite fan: Kip's song: "yes, the world wide web is great..."

Maurice said...

Sparrow that is funny! I also love his song dealing with technology. :)

G~ said...

That is SO COOL, Claire! :) I can't say I've had that kind of experience, but close. It does drive home how small the world really is 'after all'. ;)
Even when people are across the nation..or world!...we can 'somehow' find each other via the internet.
Have a blessed weekend!
~hugs~

Pilot Mom said...

So good to hear from you, G. Hope you are feeling better today!

Sheri Ann said...

Claire,
Thanks for linking to my site! I will admit that I am a HUGE MS State fan! Class of 2002!!! I am even prouder to say that the day after my graduation at Southwestern Seminary, my little brother will be graduating WITH HONORS from MSU! We have a family legacy there!

This world is small! I have so many stories! I meet people on campus all the time that know someone I know from home through missions, church work, college, or something else. It just goes to show the interconnectedness of the family of God! I am glad to know you through one of these “chance” encounters! God is awesome in how he directs and guides us to meet so many wonderful people in creative and unusual ways! Keep up the good work!

Gayla said...

I know what ya mean. I linked to Maurice's site through another one and discovered he lives where I do. Small world indeed.

It's also very encouraging to have God bring other Believers into my life. Gotta stick together!

Pilot Mom said...

Sheri-Congratulations to your brother! Well earned, no doubt! BTW, where in MS are you from? :)

Gayla-so nice to have you drop in for a visit. That Maurice is just the nicest, isn't he? Come again, anytime!

Sheri Ann said...

I'm orignially from Jackson/Clinton. Jackson address, Clinton phone number...Went to school in Jackson, and church in Clinton...but we don't live in the city limits of either.

Pilot Mom said...

Sheri, by any chance do you know a gal by the name of Cissy Foote? She has probably been married for a number of years...but, on the off chance you may know, I need to ask! :)

Sheri Ann said...

No, I don't know that name! Sorry!