the blackbird, rocky mount high school
A NEW BONNET—A NEW FAITH
Down the avenue thrcnged hundreds of people
br ghtiy decked out in then' Easter bonnets with all
the pastel floweis upon them. Why is it that so many
folk “dressed to kili” on a day which marked the an
niversary 01 the climax to the world’s greatest mi
racle? Why did they don their “Sunday-go-to-meet
ing” frocks on the day that Christ was resurrected
from the dead?
Through the years many Easter “paraders” have
carelessly forgotten tne meaning of the occasion
which is often portrayed through the wearing of new
clothes. Ihe hope of life eternal, the new faith to live
given to the masses, the desire for Christlike living—
these precious gifts were given to all in the miracle of
the Resurrection! So each year, to illustrate the revi
val of faith, all America buys a brand new costume to
express to the world her renewed convictions of life.
As you plan your Easter wardrobe, matching each
accessory, don’t forget why you are making a fresh
start—Easter is the dawn of life, a new life for all!
YOU NEVER KNOW WHO’S LOOKING
A good rule to follow would be to refrain from do
ing anything that you would not do if your parents
or teachers were watching. Perhaps your parents do
not allow you to smoke, and yet when you are with
your crowd you go ahead and “drag a weed” with the
rest. Nine times out of ten you wouldn’t get caught.
However, one of these times one of those people who
seem to take a fiendish delight in informing parents
of the waywardness of their offspring is going to see
you. Is it really worth it to run the risk of your par
ents’ finding out that you have openly disregarded
Maybe you are tempted to cheat on tests or exams.
Just remember that you can’t tell if someone has seen
you or not. Perhaps only a classmate sees you, but if
he is the right kind of person, your cheating will
greatly lower his ’ estimation of you. Petty thievery
may seem to you harmless, but consider the conse
quences of being detected.
Th*nk It over and you will see that any momentary
sat..sfaction you may receive from doing something
which you know is wrong will be far outweighed by
the trouble which will ensue if you are caught.
You never know who’s looking.
‘T SIANDS FOR THE CROSS
A cross, the symbol of Christianity, a symbol of
peace, quiet respect, happ ness, o e, L .auty i Rever
ence, honest, dependability, all the makings oi a good
moral person, cling to the four point:; of the 3ross.
Have you ever pictured a cross as a letter “f”? If
so, what did the “T” mean to you?
You may see it as a small “1” of a giant size, repre
senting time. Time, a word which covers all ages—all
events wh.'ch ever occurred or ever will occur. Mainly,
however, you probably will associate this time v;ith
The time of Christ’s birth, the time of His death,
the three days or the time between Christ’s crucifix
ion and His resurrection: A time we celebrate on
Think of the time which has passed since this
event occurred and today. What would this world be
if Christ had not died and returned?
This big “T” might stand for words other than
time. The wonderful teaching of Christ has laid the
basis for all Christian work through the centuries.
The torture and toil He suffered opened up a new way
for the worst of s nners.
If it weren’t for Him we might now be under the
rule of a “T” not related to the cross—a “Tyrant”.
“Testimonies” and “Tidings” of peoples through
out the centuries have lead our nation to be inde-
peiidant. If everyone would follow the cross, a bigger
“T” might be formed—a “Triumph” over the enemies
Dear Editors, Can You Tell? Facv^ Album
As I see and hear of Le Veme
Fleming’s great success in the
State Oratorical contest and her
predecessor, Kay P’inch, I wonder
how many hours are spent in re
search, composition, memoriza
tion, and delivery. The finished
products have proved themselves
and must be the results of hours
of tireless effort. Can you give me
any idea as to the time required?
La Verne tells us that it would
be impossible to give the exact
number of hours she spent on her
essay, but a close estimate would
be two hours per day on research
and composition plus the time
spent on deliveiy, emphasis, etc.
She began work on it in October.
You might be able to get an idea
from that of what it takes to be
a state winner!
No Sweeter Pest
Who could be sweeter, and yet
such a pest than a little sister?
Take, for instance, when you’ve
done something wrong but don’t
want mother to know it. Mother
told you not to buy those clothes
but you bought them anyway and
so far mother has not noticed.
Then little sister starts to running
her mouth and puts you in hot
water. (That’s when you have the
urge to kill).
Then sometimes when mother
has left you to clean up the kitch
en, little sister very generously
consents to help in every way pos
sible. (Did I say help? -ow - w - w,
Wor^t of all is putting her to
bed. You can’t slap her for fear
she would fold up and fly away.
After much struggling she is
finally in bed with the lights on,
of course, and they must be turn
ed off. After about seven stories,
four glasses of water and many
threats (which she knows can
never be carried out) she is finally
However, I must admit that al
though she sometimes riles me
and I say I hate her, if she ever
gets into trouble I shall be the
first one to stand up for her.
Thf-j cc .lri nnver be a sweeter
pest than my sistev.
I think it is wonderful the way
our school participated in the dif
ferent religious activities. Now
that Easter is near, many plans
are being made for our school to
share in its observance.
I hope that everyone realizes
the full significances of this. It
is another example which ihows
us how we use our freedom to
worship as we please.
As long as our school accepts
its freedoms and carries them for
ward in a true democratic man
ner, we need not have to fear the
thi'eat of communistic activities
ever surrounding us in their en
tangling webs of suspicion and
A Democratic-Minded Student
Short halPiT mingled gray Al*
ways smiliiiW, always gay„„Bu5y
as a bee making honey Making
out schedules and counting
Medium height, brownish hair...
Weais glasses, complexion fair.....
Pleasing gentleman at heart..
‘Problems’ he sojves; he’s very
Light brown hair, streaks of
gray.....Always time for a litUe
piay...i.;English tops her teaching
hst„....On math she says. I’m a
Dear Democratic-Minded Student,
You’i-e right. Thanks for writ
ing us your opinions. We wish
more students would take this op
portunity to express themselves.
One Main Street
Do you get lost easy.? Do you
have a poor sense of direction.
Then don’t go to New York. On
my trip to New York I found my
self wandering about without the
slightest idea where I was.
On our free afternoon Nicky
and I decided to go to see a cer
tain store about seventeen blocks
away from us. We were too cheap
to take a taxi and didn’t know
which bus to take. So we walked
and got lost and walked some
more. Finally one of the few peo
ple who could understand our
slow Southern drawl gave us di
rections to Macy’^where, once in-,
side, we were lost again. That’s
the way it goes, though.
Again in Rockefeller Center,
which covers a blocx, v?e wander
ed around all afternoon looking
for a shop.
It’s right good to be back in
Rocky Mount with only one main
Tall, dignified, pleasing person
ality Leading the students in
all formality Sweet, helpful In
everyway ....And always knows Just
what to say.
Camel No. 5
Jimmy is a certain boy
In my study hall.
Among the silly Juniors,
I guess he tops them all.
Books and studies aren’t for
He prefers to wander and talk.
He passes not«, talks to folks.
And tosses off some jokes.
One day the teacher had a
She wanted sent to Mr. Edson.
Jimmy volunteered so very
She saw a chance for some
“ All right. Jimmy, you may
But when you airive,
I don’t want anyone to find
Smelling of ‘Camel No. 5!”
A piece of wood that has
been weighted ^nd .lovvered to a
great depth in''the.,.sea will no
longer float' when ..brought back
to the surfa;e,
It Is Not Easy
To begin over,
To be unselfish.
To take advice.
To admit error,
To fac3 a sneer.
To he charitable,
To keep on trying,
To be considerate,
To avoid mistakes.
To endure, success,
To profit by mistakes.
To forgive and forget.
To think and then act.
To keep out of the rut,
To make the best of little, '
To subdue an unruly temper.
To maintain a high standard.
To shoulder a deserved blame.
To recognize the silver lining—
But it always pays.
Ohio Educational Monthly
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bution to the Crippled Children’s derive from these contributions.
Fund? If you haven’t, we know We’ll never miss our little bit but
that it is an over sight on your put them together and they spell
part, so please send it in now. hope—hope to 'walk again per-r
Just think how much help tho.se haps—for some crippled child.
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