Only seniors could have cars
at Wheaton College in the ’60s.
Even though I had a job
in the next town, I had to hitch
a ride with an older classmate.
So we bought a ’47
hearse. The four of us found 50
bucks, and also found a guy,
a senior, who would swear the car
was his: the lies took us to heaven./
One of our rebellious Moms
made red velvet side-curtains for
the windows in the back. Our dates
would laugh at the chrome rollers in
the floor. No one wanted to drive..
- Steve Shoemaker, Urbana, IL, August 21, 2012