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05/10/09 - NNHS Newsletter -
appy Mother's Day!

ďMy mom is a neverending song in my heart of comfort, happiness, and being.
I may sometimes forget the words but I always remember the tune.

- Graycie Harmon

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   This theme - and this celebration of our mothers - repeats every year on the second Sunday in May:

BONUS - - A Song for Mama - Boyz II Men, 1997


   Happy Birthday today to      Mrs. Helen Shelton of VA AND Barbara Johnson Hansford ('57) AND My Cousin,     Clarke Booth (Wakefield HS - '57) of FL!

   Mrs. Shelton has no email, but take note of her NEW address and send her a belated card for her 92nd Birthday: 866 Denbigh Boulevard, #25, Newport News, VA 23608-4476

   Happy Birthday this week to:

12 -  Lynn Walker Brothers ('65) of VA;

14 -      Johnnie Bateman ('70) of VA!

   Many Happy Returns to You All! 

      From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 05/03/09 - "A Mother":


"Mother carries the child in her womb for nine months and in her heart for the rest of her life".



These few words sum up the meaning and significance of the word Mother. Mother is undoubtedly the most beautiful and lovable word in any language. This goes to show the importance of mother in our lives. Mother stands for millions of things she gives to her children; it also stands for sacrifices pain, grief and sorrows which she has to undergo to keep her children happy and secure. No joy can match the joy of a mother looking at her child, those craving eyes-deeper than a whole ocean. The most important woman in an individual's life is her/his mother. Her presence affects us our entire life and she can't be replaced by anyone.


   Thanks, Shari!

    From Joan Lauterbach Krause ('60) of VA - 05/06/09 - "Happy Mothers Day to You":


Before I was a Mom,
I never tripped over toys
or forgot words to a lullaby.
I didn't worry whether or not
my plants were poisonous.
I never thought about immunizations.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never been puked on.
Pooped on.
Chewed on.
Peed on.
I had complete control of my mind
and my thoughts..
I slept all night.

Before I was a Mom,
I never held down a screaming child
so doctors could do tests.
Or give shots.
I never looked into teary eyes and cried.
I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin.
I never sat up late hours at night
watching a baby sleep.

Before I was a Mom,

I never held a sleeping baby just because
I didn't want to put her down.
I never felt my heart break into a million pieces
when I couldn't stop the hurt.
I never knew that something so small
could affect my life so much.
I never knew that I could love someone so much.
I never knew I would love being a Mom.

Before I was a Mom,
I didn't know the feeling of
having my heart outside my body..
I didn't know how special it could feel
to feed a hungry baby.
I didn't know that bond
between a mother and her child.
I didn't know that something so small
could make me feel so important and happy.

Before I was a Mom,
I had never gotten up in the middle of the night
every 10 minutes to make sure all was okay.
I had never known the warmth,
the joy,
the love,
the heartache,
the wonderment
or the satisfaction of being a Mom.
I didn't know I was capable of feeling so much,
before I was a Mom ...
..... May you always be overwhelmed by the Grace of God rather than by the cares of life.

   Thank you, Joan!

From - 05/10/09 - "Celebrate Mother's Day":

Inspiration - ***Happy Motherís Day!
By Gail Lynn Goodwin, The Official Guide to Inspiration, Mar. 5, 2009


I read a blog post today where the host talked about his idea of the best Motherís Day present- to share a special memory with your mom. That idea made me smile, for when I took the time to think about it, I am so blessed, as there are so many to choose from!

Would I talk about how cool it was to swim with the dolphins in Hawaii, or rave about how special it was the year we spent Motherís Day flying over glaciers, or the day I taught her how to ski - when she was 60, or no, it would have to be when we went paragliding off a mountain top in New Zealand when she was 65! I still remember the smile on her face as she literally ran off that mountain! Maybe, it would be exploring the abandoned hotel/castle in Barbados when she was 70? Or, would it be the quiet times when she was always there to dry my tears, help me heal a broken heart or just listen? And what about all those times when Iíve visit when we sit up and talk into the wee hours of the morning or the telephone conversations every few days where we share the things weíre grateful for in our lives? How do you pick a favorite when there are so many meaningful and fun times?

If youíd meet my mother, youíd see a gentle smile and an unassuming attitude typical of a grandmother of 10 and great-grandmother of 5, but underneath that demure exterior there lives a gypsy that at almost 75 years of age will travel to the far reaches of the globe on a momentís notice, ride her bike 40 miles on a weekend without thinking twice and still have enough energy to bake the worldís greatest zucchini bread, volunteer at her church, make dinner for my dad or donate a day a week at the local retirement home. This is a woman who still has lunch monthly with her friends from high school- from more than 50 years ago, and get this, they even have a pajama party once a year! How cool is that? I want to have her energy when Iím her age. Heck, some days I want to have her energy now!

She inspires me.

She inspires me to be a better person not only by her actions but also through her can-do attitude about life. Sheís not one to sit on the sidelines and watch life pass her by. She is a very active participant and affects the lives of those around her everyday in many ways, always finding ways to give to other people. Now that sheís retired, she sometimes wonders how she ever found the time to work, as sheís so busy. Iíd call her the Energizer bunny of giving.

And through all of this, she still manages to be there for me whenever I call to listen to whatever I need to talk about in the moment. I feel so blessed to have my mother in my life when Iím an adult and I can more fully appreciate her wisdom so much more than I did when I was 15. As the old saying goes, ďMy momís certainly gotten smarter through the years!Ē.

I just spoke with Jeff Zaslow of the Wall Street Journal, the co-author of the book entitled, The Last Lecture, given by Carnegie Melon professor, Randy Pausch. In the book, Jeff talks about Randyís struggle with pancreatic cancer and the impact of his last lecture to his students. The ongoing theme is to live each day to the fullest. In a more private way, Randy is concerned with his children age 1,3 and 6 growing up without a father. In reading his story it once again gave me a great appreciation for my parents and for the life that they helped me create, and the sacrifices that they so willing gave for their children. I canít imagine not having my parents there for me through all of these years. I am writing this blog through teary eyes with an overwhelming sense of gratitude.

To Randy, thank you for sharing your brilliance with us and giving us such a gentle reminder to cherish each day and those we love, just in case it is our last. To Jeff, thank you for sharing the story with all of us in such a real way. Your words touch my soul.

And to my mother, thank you for showing me how to live a rich and fulfilled life by example, for teaching me that attitude is more important than ability and for being the wonderful woman that you are. You have given me such great memories by sharing your light and your love with the world. You inspire me, Mom. Happy Motherís Day!

..... To all the moms, I hope your Motherís Day is the best one ever. May it be filled with blessings, laughter and love.

Happy Motherís Day!


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    From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA - 05/07/09 - "present":

Hi Carol,

Has the necklace arrived?


   Oh, yes, ma'am, it arrived last Saturday! And in a rare burst of Doing the Right Thing, I actually wrote you a thank-you note. Unfortunately, due to the state of health of everyone here, no one seems to know exactly when that actually reached the post office.....


   But as you can see, it arrived safely and beautifully, and I'm thrilled to have it! Thank you so much, Brownie!

  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 05/08/09 - "JUST IN TIME FOR MOTHER'S DAY":

This proves you don't mess with a Mother's babies!!!!

I have no idea how this could possibly have been filmed, but itís one terrific video.


   WOWZERS! Thanks, Joyce!

    From Brownie Shaffer Haracivet ('62) of VA - 05/08/09 - "    Monty Phillips":

Hi Carol,

I would like to send a card to Monty. Do you have an address for him?

Thanks, Brownie

   UH-OH! Now there you have me! Only in rare instances do I have home addresses for people, but I did forward you note to someone I'm sure will! Thanks again, Brownie!

    From Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 05/09/09 - "Mother's Day":


Aside from helping make Mother's Day 2009 a happy day for my wife, Loretta ('68 Ludwigburg [Germany]American High School) MD, I have some special wishes for      you, dear lady; also my mother Betsy Goodson Covert ('37) MA; my aunt    Christine Goodson Hensel ('39) VA;  my aunt Arlene Goodson Davis ('45) SC; my aunt Margaret Taylor Goodson, VA; my aunt Myra Lee Goodson Jessen, VA; the Queen of Photogravure pages not so long ago       Sepi (A.K.A.) Dimples Dinwiddie Prichard ('58) NC;    Renee Helterbran Benton ('59) VA;       Frances Goodson Wang ('65) MD);    Judy Phillips Allen ('65) VA (west bank of the James); and all the other beautiful ladies of Typhoon land who continue to glow on this Mother's Day.  'nuff said.

Norm Covert ('61) MD

   Thank you so much, Normie!

  From Ruth Ann Reece Horace ('67) of FL - 05/09/09 - "hope you are OK":

I've missed you the past few days.   I hope your computer is at fault and not the flu you had last week.   Take care, my friend, and hope to be hearing from you soon.
The world needs more like you.

Love ya, Ruthie

   Thank you, Dear Ruthie! It's nice to feel missed! Unfortunately, my computer (while playing funny tricks on me once or twice) felt far better than I did this week. I've spent most of it lying in bed - and most of that time sound asleep.


  From Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 05/08/09 - "Shame on all you hunters - A DEFINITE MUST READ!!!!!!!!":


One of those duh?  moments!!




Shame on all you hunters! 

Remember-Morons vote too!

      Thanks again, Joyce!



1. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 15, 16, and 17, 2009 - The Hampton High School Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. For details, see: - HAMPTON HIGH SCHOOL - CLASS OF 1964

2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 4, 5 and 6 (Labor Day Weekend), 2009 - The Class of 1969 will hold its 40-Year Reunion at the Point Plaza Hotel, Newport News, VA. For details, see: and contact Jean Baker Howell at - OPEN TO ALL NNHS ALUMNI

3. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, September 18, 19, and 20, 2009 - The Warwick High School Class of 1959 will hold its 50-Year Reunion at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, Newport News, VA. For details, contact

4. Friday and Saturday, October 9 and 10, 2009 - The Class of 1964 will hold its 45-Year Reunion at the Newport News Marriott at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, VA 23606: For details, see: - CLASS OF 1964

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BLOG: - updated 01/09/09

   Y'all take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





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A Song for Mama

- Boyz II Men, 1997

You taught me everything
And everything you've given me
I always keep it inside
You're the driving force in my life, yeah
There isn't anything
Or anyone I can be
And it just wouldn't feel right
If I didn't have you by my side
You were there for me to love and care for me
When skies were grey
Whenever I was down
You were always there to comfort me
And no one else can be what you have been to me
You'll always be you always will be the girl
In my life for all times

Mama, mama you know I love you
Oh you know I love you
Mama, mama you're the queen of my heart
Your love is like
Tears from the stars
Mama, I just want you to know
Lovin' you is like food to my soul
You're always down for me
Have always been around for me even when I was bad
You showed me right from my wrong
Yes, you did
And you took up for me
When everyone was downin' me
You always did understand
You gave me strength to go on
There was so many times
Looking back when I was so afraid
And then you come to me
And say to me I can face anything
And no one else can do
What you have done for me
You'll always be
You will always be the girl in my life


"A Song for Mama" midi courtesy of - 05/07/09

"A Song for Mama" lyrics courtesy of - 05/07/09

"Happy Mother's Day" clip art courtesy of - 05/07/09

Dark Rose Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 05/07/09

Animated Tiny Birthday Cake clip art courtesy of Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA - 08/31/05
Thanks, Sarah Sugah!

Marine Corps Seal clip art courtesy of the late Herbert Hice of MI - one of my Famous Marines who served in the South Pacific during WWII.
Thanks again, Herbie!

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated Laughing Woman courtesy of Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA - 02/23/09
Thanks, Joyce!

Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05
Replaced courtesy o
f - 02/17/09

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