I was a teacher for the L&M School system during the 1970s when consolidation with Worthington and Switz City was being considered.
I remember hearing a lot of dialog from many, many people that thought the idea was a terrible one. Complaints were loud and emotions high throughout the three small towns.
I distinctly remember residents of Lyons stating, "There would be no way that consolidation would ever happen!"
The grapevine supported another reality. I understood that the state was going to step in if consolidation was not agreed upon by the three targeted systems.
As it played out, consolidating did occur and it appears the idea had a lot of merit. I'm not a proponent of huge school systems. I was schooled in two small schools, Linton and L&M.
No value can be placed on the personal attention that students received from small class sizes and the teachers. You knew nearly everyone and they knew your family and you. These connections were, "a solid in our lives, always there, always caring."
Some memories stick to your soul
The death of another dedicated police officer was announced on a local television station.
Many people have followed the story from the weekend's shooting. We will continue watching and sharing the grief that this family is experiencing.
Even in a time when his parent's are filled with a deep wrenching sense of loss for their child, they are giving to others with organ donations.
Only those who have gone through what they have will ever truly understand the powerful emotion of abject grief. It is difficult to comprehend the feelings of sorrow at the time they learned of their son's impending death.
The death of a child, no matter the age, is an unimaginable tragedy.
"A parent should never have to bury their child." May the parents of this "fallen warrior" attain a small measure of peace as they lovingly and joyfully share memories of their son. "Some memories stick to your soul."
Tawni is a former teacher at Linton-Stockton Elementary School. She can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .