On Monday, March 30, 1959, my Mother took me down to the local school to enroll me. I was sixteen, and a Junior in high school. I soon was to learn that the school, Munford High School, was also a middle school, and actually served grades 6 through 12.
My Mother and I went to the school administration office, where a tall, thin, gray haired man with a deep Southern accent helped us. My Mother provided all of my information as this gentleman asked the questions. Finally, the gentleman asked if I was married. My Mother gave a quick "No", to which the gentleman responded: "You better hurry and find her a man, or she'll end up an old maid".
My Mother and I were both stunned for a moment, but later my Mother would laugh aloud at the idea of a sixteen year old being an "old maid".
My education on the West Coast put me further ahead in credits than the kids in Tennessee so I was able to take quite a few elective classes. I had an English class, History, Biology, Typing and three classes of Study Hall. I was now officially enrolled. I would start school the following day.