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Carol Perkins: Is That You?
Previous Column: The Worm Wrestling Contest
By Carol Perkins
As Guy and I were leaving the famous Pigeon Forge restaurant The Apple Barn, someone behind said, "Carol?"
I turned and a lady was coming toward me. In a flash, I recognized my college friend, Rosalind Glasscock (now Gaddie) whom I had not seen since we graduated from EKU in 1968. (We had connected on Facebook not long ago.)
Rosalind and I met when we checked into our freshman dorm, Burnam Hall, the oldest dorm on campus. Her roommate was Donna Hourigan (both from Gravel Switch) and mine was my cousin Roberta. (Donna would later become my roommate.)
I remember how shocked we were at the inside of the dorm. The common areas were straight from the 1930s: old and sagging. The floors squeaked, the paint was chipped off the walls, pipes hung visibly from the ceilings, and the furniture was well-worn. I wondered how I could live in such a rundown place, but that attitude soon changed.
On our wing were a dozen or so other girls, a couple of them from New Jersey, and we all became fast friends. Donna and Rosalind remained two of our closest college friends. I later lived in Clay Hall and McGregor, Burnam was my favorite.
We reminisced. One of my best freshman memories occurred around Halloween. We girls decided to take what we could find and "dress up." We came up with some doozies. (I have a picture, but I hesitate to share it.) We wrapped our heads in towels, put underwear over our clothes, bathing suits on top of pajamas, slips upside down, and smeared our faces with lots of makeup. Some of us held cigarettes, which were not allowed in the dorm. (That place would have gone up in smoke in minutes.) We didn't dare leave the dorm in that garb.
Rosalind married Stanley Gaddie, taught elementary school, and remained in Marion County. Her son Sean Gaddie works for SCRTC in Glasgow. Seeing Rosalind took me back to Burnam Hall, where part of me still resides.
We leave a little of ourselves behind wherever we go and take our friendships with us. I remember all my friends from Burnam and wish I could hear someone else say, "Carol?"
You can contact Carol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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