An Amiable Semblance……….#205 (the 80’s)

The Anthony House

The Anthony House

Gary found there was something about their new residence in Anthony that for some reason gave him cause to stop, look and listen when entering its domain.  It was a feeling that one gets when viewing a historical location or structure where its past over shadows it presence and one gets the feeling that it’s attempting to communicate.  It may have been the placard stone dated 1904 that gave raise to the haunted feeling, one would question why those constructing a private residence in a small rural town would reference the construction date unless there was a meaningful reason.  Gary surmising, that with its vacancy in the eclipse of the surroundings it had to endure months of prevailing hot and frigid air  finding abdication with the temporal tide.   An essentia of solace emerged within,  it’s stately character not of the bourgeois,  but an edifice to the perspicacity of the couturier,  the advent of the recent Anthony family opening another chapter in its log book of history.   With an introduction of acquaintance the monotheistic residence, its warmth giving station renewed, exhibited ubiquity,  no longer standing solitary or as an unfrequented monument,  but again a  enlivened benchmark in the plebeian community.   The Willson’s new pervade of occupancy providing an implication of vivacity,  an awakening of past memories from the tillage of time,  the palisade of it’s the walls bearing witness,  preserving a silent staunchness from an eminent past era.   The living residence at 602 N. Springfield again attaining its generational mission,  the newly established family having immersed themselves in its heritage.

The Anthony Swimming Public Pool

The Anthony Swimming Public Pool

It was a city sponsored endeavor and Robert was animated about participated,  a swimming team activity composed of elementary age student,  divided by age groups to compete with similar competition from adjoining towns.  Robert and Sandi having discovered the Anthony Pool’s daily availability,  a journey of 5 blocks  north on N. Springfield Ave,  a convivial summertime excursion.   Robert’s team association requiring the discipline of in structural authority, taken very serious by some,  but resolved as dalliance by others.   The competitive events taking place on weekends,  a host of parents and grandparents attending the community occurrence,  Robert doing exceeding well in his scheduled performances.   Jan first noticed the aggravation in the young boys eyes,  a slight swelling and redness prevailing,  the over-the-counter eye treatment finding little relief.   A visit to Dr. Bonds town office providing an answer,  Robert having an aversion caused by the chlorine in the water,  its aggravation being enhanced by his competitiveness exertion.   After completing two competitions, Robert having to concede to his medical condition,  his racing desires squelched,  but  normal pool activity was permissible .

Anthony Elementary School

Anthony Elementary School

Off to a new school

Off to a new school

A commencement of the school year was upon the two students, an enrollment in Anthony Elementary,  Robert enlisting the sixth grade and Sandra abetting the fifth,  the school within walking distance on S. Springfield,  two blocks across Main.   Gary finding the two tier schooling application in Anthony and Harper a compliment to the insight and integrity of the Harper County Board of Education.  It’s elementary schools,  The Harper and Anthony Cities K thru 8 grades and the mutually shared 1971 constructed Chaparral  High School,  grades 9 thru 12, the modern structure stationed on the highway,  halfway between the two communities.   The first day of school, Robert and Sandi expressing a slight indication of apprehension,  but understandable considering the circumstances, an inaugural day addressing an unfamiliar building,  a host of new teachers and assembling with numerous unknown classmates.  The premier accomplished, the two young  enrollees established,  the  Byzantine path of education with its continuance awaiting.

Jan and Gary having shared duties on the Kiowa ambulance, they were never on call at the same time and it was somewhat similar at the Anthony Hospital, Jan  working nights and Gary maintaining an eight hour day scheduled.  Jan having already established herself not hesitating to accept responsible, demonstrating a new source of assertiveness in the performance of her duties.  The Willson’s next door neighbor on the west was also a nurse working the night shift, Gary was a little concerned about the effect on their neighbor working with a just schooled and by the book nurse, but after visiting with her, discovering that at first appearance she seemed like only a nurse in name only, even a nurse can be airheads.  Gary’s realm of responsibility at work was beginning to advance,  Roy beginning to share his diagnosis ability and mechanical know-how,  the knowledge of the buildings facets and idiosyncrasies,  to Roy a subconscious reflection consummated from twenty plus years of experience in its environment.  Gary soon discovering there were some assigned task that Roy didn’t mind relinquishing, the weekly transporting of a mobile mammogram machine to the Harper Hospital,  the Anthony and Harper Hospitals sharing in its use.  First thing on Thursday mornings Gary would back the Hospitals Suburban, attach the specially designed trailer, pull up to the ER entrance and load the electric driven mammogram machine in the trailer for the 10 mile journey to Harper, the Harper Hospital reciprocating every Monday morning with its return.  It was Roy’s quietly almost methodical way of going about remedying the problems submitted by the  hospital staff, which  to them were dire and of an immediate response, but to Roy were mundane having seen them all before, his composer  impressing his assistant,  Gary’s observation of 65 year old Roy’s adroitness,  concluding that knowledge alone would never trump experience.   With a home established, their employment secured, the family settling in finding an amiable semblance in their new Anthony surroundings.

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