April 30th, 2021 by Gary Osberg

Tomorrow is prom night at Swanville High School.  My daughter teaches art at Swanville High School and this year she is the advisor responsible for the event.  Upsala High had their prom last Saturday.  For many years now the thing to do is to have a lock-in at the school with games and food all night long. The parents work in shifts to be there to help out. This has proven to be one of the best ways to make sure your children get home safe and sound. My granddaughter Christen had a great time with her pal Will.  I like Will.  I got to know him when 20 Upsala students and 12 of us adults went to Europe on an art tour in 2019. 

My Junior Prom in 1960 was also an “all-nighter”, but it included a fast trip to the doctor in Royalton in a 52 Chevy.  I had been messing with “No-Doze” and that combined with the Slo Gin caused some sort of attack.

My buddy Bob put the pedal to the metal and I remember my date screaming: “Slow down Bobby, do you want to kill us all?” as we whisked through the Royalton bridge. 

Doc Watson administered some sort of medicine and sent us on our way.  In those days the local doctor had a shingle hanging outside of his house. I am not sure if he even charged us for the service.

When we dropped my date off at her farm house, we “borrowed” some of her Dad’s smoked white fish off of the kitchen table and had breakfast watching the sun come up in the Burtrum Hills. 

“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing called life.” Prince  from the 1984 song “Let’s Go Crazy”

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