Part Nine: Public Housing Boys in Vietnam
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Part 10: On the Road to Delinquency
When I finished out the year at St. Hubert’s, Mom let me enroll in the tenth grade at Abraham Lincoln High. It was there that I was first exposed to people whose ideas were different from the middle-class norm. Whereas parochial school had been almost militaristic in its regimen, public school proved to be a hot bed of bohemian activity. On my first day, I felt as if I had wandered into a different world. The students strolled leisurely around the grounds with carefree nonchalance. They wore bell bottoms and t-shirts with psychedelic designs. The boys had long hair and everyone kept saying “groovy.” A boy and girl were French kissing in front of the entrance. No one paid them any mind. I walked past the amorous couple, who were oblivious to the intrusion. Once inside, I visited the girls’ restroom. A glassy-eyed brunette leaned against the bathroom wall, smoking pot. “Want some?” she asked, as she held the marijuana out for me to take.
The conclusion of this series will be posted on Monday, July 18, 2011.
The Liddonfielders: Conclusion
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