Lynn’s Small Recollections & Reflections #7


College was a big deal in my family. Heading off to college after high school wasn’t an option, it was an expectation.

I was having no part in it.

Working Women

I got a part-time job working for a loan company in my senior year of high school. Back then loan companies were on every corner, just like mattress stores are today.

I was making good money with the promise of a full-time job after I graduated. Who needed college??

Fear of Missing Out

While I was working and still living at home, my friends were getting ready to head off to college. I suddenly had a change of heart!

I decided that I wanted to get away from home and go to college too. I quit my job and I applied to a few schools and got accepted.

After some soul searching I realized that I only wanted to go because my friends were going. I had zero interest in continuing my education. I just wanted the fun of college.

It was clear to me that going off to school would have just been a waste of my parent’s money.

I was still only 17 years old. Too young to go off to college but wise enough to know that!

Heading to Florida

Instead of heading off to college, I headed to Fort Lauderdale, Florida with two high school friends.

We were going to live there, working as bartenders. After two weeks of no jobs in sight and getting sick and having no means to visit a doctor, I flew back home.

It was a crazy little vacation!

No Pictures

I can’t find any pictures of this summer of my life. Possibly my parents didn’t want to remember it and either no pictures were taken or they were destroyed??

If I find them, I will add them to the post!

Next, I joined the Army

Yes, you read that correctly. In my quest to figure out what to do next with my life, I decided that joining the Army was a good idea.

See the world! Get an Education! Sounded pretty glamorous to me!

I couldn’t officially go until I was 18 years old so I had about a month to really consider the consequences of my actions.

I also met a man! The man! Or so I thought.

Once again, I had made a rash decision and it only took me that one month to realize that it was a really dumb idea.

The Army however had a signed delayed entry commitment from me and basically told me that I had to go.

My parents hired a lawyer to get me out of this situation. The lawyer drafted a statement about the Army coercing a 17-year-old into the armed forces against her will. Which at this point was quite true.

The lawyer took it to the press first and things got crazy. There were TV crews outside our home, outside my office, and calling non-stop on the phone. It was on TV and in the newspapers. A friend from high school contacted me from Germany and said he had read about it there.

My 15 minutes of fame!

The end result was that the United States Government gave me an honorable discharge for the convenience of the government.

I never saw a day in uniform.

I’m not proud of this at all, however, my 17-year-old decisions could have been far worse.

What will the Future Hold

Next time I will share what followed after the crazy summer of 1975!

Peace & Love,

Summer Fun

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#1 – The Introduction

#2 – My Parents and their Friends in the 60s

#3 – A Lonely Kid

#4 – The Day I Ran Away TO Home

#5 – The Tornado

#6 – Moving Away from My Friends

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  1. Oh Lynn how I loved reading this! Wow the news right outside your door. I cannot believe they were going to force you. While you chose different things, you always had the wisdom to figure things out. I cannot wait to see what followed that summer. You and I are quite similar in the aspect of starting to do things and then realizing they were wrong. I thought I wanted to be a counsellor – my guidance counsellor knew I wasn’t cut out for it, so she sent me on a field trip to a psychiatric hospital. My heart was taken by a man with elephant’s man disease who’s family just left him there due to embarrassment. My heart ached for him and I cried the whole way home. I clearly did not have the ability to leave work at work. Then I applied for the RCMP. They wanted to ship me across the country and said I would never work near my family so I dropped that just before I was supposed to go. I did a speech competition for a year of school abroad and won. They chose Germany and I got homesick before I left so I never went. Ahahahahha to be young and running in so many directions!

    1. That’s what that time of life is for, figuring things out. I went off track a bit with #8 but I’ll pick things back up with #9 (After the summer)

  2. Lynne, it sounds like you lived a lifetime in one year! College, the Army and FT. Lauderdale. Thankfully you found your calling. Welcome back.

    1. It was a crazy summer. Even more crazy when I look back on it from my perspective now!

  3. Omg can’t wait to hear the rest of that story!!

    1. I steered the story in a bit of a different direction with #8 but I’ll be back on track with #9

  4. Did you know your link to the bedroom refresh leads back to your reflections on your past?

    1. I do know. Handy called me when he opened the email at work. I fixed it and sent out a new one as soon as I found out.