Where are we now? Who are we now?

submitted by Robbie Thames Alfinger

We are a composite, a blend of past and present.

So many happenings, both sweet and wonderful, but also even tragic, are part of our makeup, both physically and emotionally.

Several stores sold everything, and the owners welcomed our entrances.

Thornton streets had purpose, not just auto and tractor use but also for meeting friends and neighbors, for fights, for walking hand in hand with a special person, for reunions and parades.

Neighbors shared grief and helped with food for many funerals.

Almost everyone was friends with many Thorntonites. They listened and we listened.

Thornton schools had mostly wonderful, caring teachers. We had most of them two or four years. They knew us and did not hesitate to correct or praise their students.

Thornton school trips were local and distant, whatever a science study or a senior trip to New Orleans, Carlsbad Cavern, New Mexico or elsewhere.

We had school projects that we have never forgotten. Our Tiger sports banquets, Junior-Senior banquets are two of those never forgotten. Our Senior plays were well attended by the Thornton community. Seniors and some juniors presented the Senior play annually, which raised money for the Senior trip.

Holidays were celebrated by parades, store closings, school closings and town decorations.

Town street dances were occasional and held mostly on the street in front of Richardson's Dry Goods and Black's Hardware and Thornton Volunteer Fire Station.

Thornton Movie Theater (picture show back in the day) was opened two times and was especially thrilling that we watched timely releases for .35cents.

Funerals were, of course, too frequent. Food and comfort were always a part of Thornton gifts.

Weddings, on the other hand, were not usually a grand affair for the town. They were from simple to splendid.

Dating was numerous, attending theaters in Thornton, Groesbeck and Mexia. Drive in Theaters hosted teens in Marlin and between Groesbeck and Mexia. Fort Parker Lake Pavilion was popular with all area teens.

Many road and cemeteries were numerous and used also for teen parking.

Close friends shared thoughts, plans, worries---everything, which made us part of each other.

Experiences in Thornton melted into our growth, experiences, personalities and our characters.

YES, Thornton, wherever we are--Thornton is who we are now.

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