Ruminations On A Life

Ruminations On A Life

by Richard Clay Scott Sr.

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Starting in Shawnee, Oklahoma, in 1938 and ending in Dime Box, Texas, this is the story of a journey through 75 years – so far – in the life of an Oklahoma Hills hillbilly.
During Mr. Scott's 1st 3 years, his parents moved 3 times, which he claims set the pattern for his rather nomadic style of living.
From 1944 through the summer of 1955, Richard lived on a 3-acre plot of land some 2+ miles west of Wewoka, Oklahoma. His tales of country living during the 1940's and 1950's are as educational as they are entertaining.
After attending the Wewoka public schools 12 years, where he was a 3-sport athlete during all 4 years of high school, Richard went to Abilene Christian College on a full football scholarship, where, as he puts it, he majored in football.
Graduating in August, 1960 by retaking 2 courses by correspondence, Mr. Scott taught middle school science one year in Mountainside, New Jersey.
He returned to Texas in 1961 and taught high school sciences, coached tennis and football, drove a school bus, and was chairman of the science department three years.
During this time, he married the love of his life, Esther Wright, a farm girl from outside Beeville, Texas. They have three children; Richard, Jr., Rhonda, and Roxie. All are married' Rhonda has three sons.
Another year teaching chemistry in Amityville, New York was followed by a year preaching for a small church in Thyatira, Mississipi. The ending to this year was exciting, to be brief and conservative.
Returning to Long Island, New York, Mr. Scott taught high school chemistry six years, then returned again to Texas. Hed taught junior high science a single semester in 1972 before joining the Whataburger company for a short time.
Two years were spent in Tulsa, Oklahoma, before being “let go” by a Mexican restaurant.
Whataburger took him back in late 1974 and he stayed in the hamburger business until being “let go” in mid-1977.
Returning to teaching, he taught middle school life science and earth science five years, then moved into districtwide administration as school bus department director for thirteen years. He retired in June, 1995.
In his retirement years, he delivered hotshot deliveries throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and New Mexico, then began a career of substitute teaching for high school sciences that lasted until March of 2007, interrupted by cancer surgery in February, 2000.
A move out of the greater Houston, Texas, area to a beautiful two-acre location in the countryside between Austin and College Station, Texas, occurred in early 2008. A stroke seriously affected his life in October, 2008.
His month-long stay in a hospital in Austin, Texas, and his conflicts with nurses during the stay, is a tale worth the price of the book itself.
Mr. Scott is – according to him – 70% recovered, with some disability remaining on his left side. He walks with a cane most of the time, and a four-wheel walker with a built-in seat for all day and half day functions. His attitude remains positive. He thanks God for blessing his life with immense blessings and looks forward to whatever lies in front of him.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148973157
Publisher: Advanced Concept Design Books
Publication date: 11/06/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 335
File size: 288 KB

About the Author

Richard Scott was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and raised on a 3-acre country setting near Wewoka. He attended Abilene Christian College from September, 1956, until June of 1960, majoring, as he puts it, “in football”. He received the Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in August of '60 by retaking some courses by correspondence.
His first year to teach was the 1960 – '61 school year in Mountainside School, a middle school in Mountainside, New Jersey, teaching 6th and 7th grade General Science.
He then taught 3 years at Odem, Texas, high school, teaching General Science, Biology, and Chemistry, and serving as Chairman of the Science Department.
While working in Odem, he married the love of his life, Esther Lea Wright, on June 2, 1962. They are parents of a son and 2 daughters.
Mr. Scott taught high school chemistry at 3 Long Island, New York, schools. He taught middle school science courses in Dickinson, Texas, 5 years before becoming Director of Transportation for the Dickinson school district for 13 years.
Scattered through the years, he worked in the fast food industry 6 years, and roofed new homes during summers, weekends and holidays while teaching.
Other jobs he held while teaching include; gas station attendant, cotton gin engine operator, encyclopedia sales, vacuum cleaner sales, furniture upholsterer, TV repairs, telephone book deliveryman, new home wall insulator installation, fence construction, and a few other part time occupations he would rather not list.
After living in or near large – huge – cities 48 years, he and Mrs. Scott returned to “country living”, settling in on 2 acres in central Texas, on a country road served by the Dime Box, Texas, Postal Service,where they enjoy the peace and quiet of their “heaven on earth”.

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