Looking back at some 2005 photos when my younger son was in the fourth grade, I have to wonder if maybe he was predestined to attend Sam Houston State University.
His grade’s spring program was “Voices of the Alamo.” The 9- and 10-year-olds played characters from early Texas history, including Native Americans, conquistadors, priests, Davy Crockett, and even Clara Driscoll, who saved the historic mission from being demolished. It’s a stirring tale made even more poignant by the sweet, young voices who told the story and sang songs like “Texas Our Texas.”
Of course, there was this cutie, who actually got a speaking part. The first line?
“I am General Sam Houston.”
Yep, my son actually played sudden Sam back in elementary school. Of course, as I proudly watched him on stage, I wasn’t thinking at all about this moment in time almost eight years later when he would be on the cusp of his next academic phase: At the general’s namesake college.
Methinks the fickle finger of fate pointed the way.