Ol’ Main Dust

 

Ol' Main Dust
November 6, 1974 11:45 p.m.
©Ray Waugh, Jr.

If you look, you will see very
  small sparkles in the sandstone chip
    left from the hewing of the symbol
     of my Alma Mater –

The sparkles are my friends who
  studied …
    cried …
      thought …
        fell in love …
          felt loneliness …
            made decisions …
     took lone walks by the 32 lamp posts …
           hoped …
                 prayed …
                       found God's will …

People are our University Experience 
frail human beings relying upon God's help and 
looking to Him for strength.

Dr. Brooks, you and I are by-gones … yet, those
  who came before …
    who will come after …
     and those who remain are all
Dust of the University Experience

The H-pond has changed color … 
There are no more biology specimen … 
In fact, the real H2O with all the
  slim
    spiders
      fish
        leaves has been replaced by more efficents
           and cleaner paint …

Yes, in life the colors often change …
Yes, in life thoughts change
Yes, even sometimes friends change.

BUT, the H-pond is still the H-pond. Even though, now,
there are only memories of frogs, fish, flowers, leaves,
newspapers scraps, sticks and rocks.

We have memories of the many people who make

"OL' MAIN DUST"

I want you to know that I am happy you had part in these good days for me. You may not be aware of your part …just know that your part was real and important.

the classes … 
the frustration …
complexities of being …
the great thinking walks around campus …
the people … 
the teachers …
I do think the people are best.

"And when upon my couch in vacant and pensive mood", 

       I'll smile & thank my God for the

Howard Payne Experience

Can there be hewing…
without a few scattered chips, 
reminiscent of rough and non-formed, un-tooled rocks?

…leaving family … trips home. .. work … library … fun … spillway .. walking…
…searching for self .. St. John's … walking … 
…looking out tall window during class … gym … love … graduation … turn around day…

Go to Ol' Main Remains

NOTE: Ol' Main Dust was given to Dr. Roger Brooks, President of HPU, on the day before he left for Houston. I presented him with a stone chip from the hewn stones from a flower beds around Ol' Main and a rose.

 

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