My best friend since grade school passed away.
Tom Shea and I hadn't seen much of each other in a long time. But we'd been friends for 53 years.
We met at North Ward Elementary. We were part of the boomer generation. Class sizes were so large that our small town school district had no place to put some of us.
Because of that fact, Tom and I, and others, experienced a patchwork of educational obstacles. Within five years, we were bounced around to five different buildings and environments, some with no space for us.