Puddin’ Head/Country Boy Driver’s Ed
When I was in High School we had a Driver’s Ed instructor everyone called Puddin Head. He was the first patient I diagnosed with narcolepsy. (I was into the doctor thing early, but then it didn’t count.)
Pudd would fall asleep and I’d drive all the way to South Carolina. He usually woke up when I’d go through the Dairy Queen. He liked the Dilly Bars or whatever they called ’em back then.
Pudd always said I was gonna be a Doctor, ’cause I aced all his tests. Of course they weren’t very difficult. He’d ask a question like: “Following too closely may result in a rear end what?”
All you had to do was write: “collision.”
Or maybe: “Look both ways when crossing the inter what?”
Answer: “section.” You get the idea.
As remarkable as it might seem, a few had to repeat. Leroy was one of them. He got thrown out of chemistry for asking if you could freeze fire. Oh well.
We sure were naive back then. We used slide rules, didn’t have computers, barely knew what splitting atoms might be, and the only terrorist we knew was King Kong. We were scared of him.
I don’t think the world will ever be the same. I am certain it will never be as simple.
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