Something to said for time
by KATRINA HUDSON
I attended a cookout Saturday evening at an old friend's house in Knott County. I hadn't seen many of the people there since Christmas. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that one of my old friends from high school had just recently had a son about three weeks prior.
I suppose that's what happens when old friends take divergent paths in life. It happens to most everyone I suppose. You get a job and work at least 40 hours per week, and for the most part just don't have the time to see all of your friends like you used to.
But that's how life seems to go. Things tend to change when you become a grown up and take on responsibilities that would otherwise not be even considered in the younger years of life. Employment, for instance, is something when one is in high school that just isn't considered until the caps and gowns are put on and futures are really thought of.
But it is always good to see old friends and be able to visit with them and what sort of success they've made of their lives.
We all went to Cordia High School, a very tiny school in Knott County. For those of you who may not know, Cordia is nestled away in the hollows of a remote section of the county just about a mile away from the Knott/Perry line, and is perhaps the last place one would think of professionals being produced due to its location.
But the truth is, I was not a bit surprised to see my friends and hear of their successes in the fields of vocation they have chosen for themselves. Cordia may not be located in a big city, but indeed that tiny school has churned out some pretty good people. From physician's assistants, pharmacists, paramedics, and yes, even coal miners, after time passes look back at the senior roster form any year and I guarantee that a good percentage of these young people have gone on to accomplish great things in life.
Personally, I went to Cordia from kindergarten through my senior year in high school, and I can think of many former students who have gone on to bigger and better things. I suppose it's like that at any school you come across, but in truth I've not known any other school, so when I see it happen to Cordia graduates I smile just a little bigger.
But, again, there is something to be said for time. As time passes, we all get a little more age on us and we all take paths, through luck or some other happenstance, that we never envisioned we would take, ever.
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