Fate and Sam Houston

“I am General Sam Houston.”

We made the sword; can you tell?

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.

The kid and his fourth-grade class

The kid and his fourth-grade class

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.”

A natural at the microphone

A natural at the microphone

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.

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