Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1983

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Seniors We came to ACU as naive freshmen four years ago, and while unpacking some of those sentimental belongings from home, we might have wondered who we would meet and who would be our new friends. Graduation seemed so far away and saying goodbye to college roommates and friends who we hadn't even met never crossed our minds. We met people in the Campus Center, in the Bean, at football games and even in the hall bathroom, all the time finding new people we could start conversations with: about classes, movies or anything that made us feel a little more comfortable. That first year brought many changes in our lives. Mom and Dad weren't around to talk to so we had to work out problems on our own. That's when we learned which friends we could depend on to help us. They helped Saying Goodbye 112 X Seniors Williamsjane Williams, Luara Willis, Paul Wilson, Cheri Wilson, Keith Wilson, Mark Wilson, Terri Wiseman, Barry Withers, Amy Witt, Don Witt, Lanny Wolford, Laurie Woodruff, Debra Yarbrough, David Yelman, Gabriella Young. Anita Young, Rendi us talk things out and brought new perspectives to our way of thinking. Many times a good long talk was much more important than an A on an English test. lt never seemed to fail though: The same ones who liked talking with us loved to see us try to open our door which had just been pennied shut. Laughing together was what we did most. jokes about the Bean, eight o'clock classes, dating and curfew were all new to us, even though they were as old as the school. We'll never forget that show-stopping chorus in Freshman Follies, and we know "there'll never be another follies like ours." Then our first Sing Song: no one had ever seen a costume light up before, and a chill went down the audiences spine when "one light, shining in the darkness" rang through a darkened coliseum as each light began to shine. Uncle Sam's troopers stormed into Moody for our next Sing Song and filled the Coliseum with patriotic comedy and pride. But we realized after Saturday night's performance it wasn't the vocal awards that were important. It was that person we stood next to for five weeks of rehearsals. Another friend was made. The people we lived off campus with were usually our clos- est friends or became some of the closest. We learned to give and take even more than when we shared our dorm rooms. We played card games until all hours of the night and ran from house to house seeing who wanted to help us water balloon the campus cops. And if we were really brave v took our Toyota for a few laps around the GATA founta before dashing off campus to our garage apartment in tl alley two blocks away. A friend who would go through th with us would surely last a lifetime. Suddenly, it was our turn to be the seniors. "You set tl examples." Now soap in the fountain became more annoyir than funny, and we began to notice that we just didn't hai time to see all the people we wanted to. We didn't wor: about that our junior year because we knew we still had or more year left before graduation. Those close friends became even closer as seniors, an "last" became a bittersweet four letter word. We wanted 1 graduate, but we wanted to take our friends with ns. "C forget the studying. I don't see you that often anyway," vi said. The more we tried to put off thinking about not seein our friends, the more we thought about it. Homecoming rolled around again and it took on moi meaning. It wasrrt a time for Mom and Dad to come see i at school, but a time when friends got together to remembi some good times. If those times hadn't been good, all tho: people at the football game wouldnt have come hack. It was a last time for us to be a part of Christmas ft Children, a last Bid Night, a last Sing Song, a last final exan a last look in the post office box. After our last spring break, the time to say goodbye dre' nearer. We needed that A or B, but we knew in 10 years th: grade wasn't what was important, the people were. Each tirr we saw a friend, underclassman or senior, it became a littl more important how we spent our time together. Finals were just around the corner, and we mapped or that final week. Who we would have lunch with Tuesds became as important as that biology exam. When we walke across that stage at graduation we knew it was time to go. That last week. Odd that we put off packing as long as vi could. Every handshake and every hug could never sho' how much we had wrapped up in our friends. We saved th: last time together with one special friend. We knew vi would see each other again, but we would never be as clot as at that moment. "Keep in touch now - I mean it." j And with that, we hugged each other one more time, sai goodbye again, closed the car door and drove away wavini "Goodbye" -- Charles L. Puller: 5 l GY'

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