Should members of the LSU Board of Supervisors disclose who receives their scholarships?|
Story Archives: 'Termite' thinks about turning into comeback king
- 2013 - 802 articles
- 2012 - 1954 articles
- 2011 - 2029 articles
- 2010 - 2139 articles
- December 2010 - 176 articles
- November 2010 - 187 articles
- October 2010 - 180 articles
- September 2010 - 198 articles
- August 2010 - 154 articles
- July 2010 - 197 articles
- June 2010 - 148 articles
- May 2010 - 167 articles
- April 2010 - 241 articles
- March 2010 - 170 articles
- February 2010 - 167 articles
- January 2010 - 154 articles
- January 28th, 2010 (Thursday) - 37 articles
- January 26th, 2010 (Tuesday) - 2 articles
- January 24th, 2010 (Sunday) - 1 articles
- January 22nd, 2010 (Friday) - 1 articles
- January 21st, 2010 (Thursday) - 39 articles
- January 20th, 2010 (Wednesday) - 1 articles
- January 19th, 2010 (Tuesday) - 1 articles
- January 14th, 2010 (Thursday) - 32 articles
- January 13th, 2010 (Wednesday) - 2 articles
- January 12th, 2010 (Tuesday) - 1 articles
- January 7th, 2010 (Thursday) - 34 articles
- January 6th, 2010 (Wednesday) - 1 articles
- January 5th, 2010 (Tuesday) - 2 articles
- 2009 - 2066 articles
- 2008 - 1757 articles
|'Termite' thinks about turning into comeback king|
I know that my readers are thinking that I write a lot about many different subjects, but termites? Well, as you read today, you will see that I am not writing about a bug. I am writing about myself and one of my first nicknames. But by the eighth grade I had outgrown the name Termite. I was much bigger since I was then in junior high.
As an 8th-grader at Lee Junior High in Monroe, I was one of the starting halfbacks on Coach Van Leigh's eighth-grade team. I weighed in at 92 lbs. and my height climbed all the way up to 4'10". I know that you may be asking yourself that if I had outgrown Termite at 4'10" just how small had I been?
Since I was entering Neville High School the next year, I had to do something about my size. I drank milk with raw eggs. I ate a lot of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I might have been able to increase my weight, but only God could decide what my height would be. I might have measured 4'10", but in my mind, I thought I was bigger than The Hulk.
I entered Neville near the five-foot mark and tipped the scales at 105. I was still a starter so my size had not become a detriment. To make a long story short (not a good selection of a word here), I weighed 124 in the tenth grade. This was the first year that I had ever sat on the bench. In fact, I was the captain of the extra point receiving team. Some of you will know exactly what I am talking about.
For the full column, see Page 6A of this week's Citizen.
Never miss a Robert Charles Payne column. Subscribe to The Ouachita Citizen, your locally owned newspaper since 1924, by calling (318) 322-3161, ext 201. A one-year subscription costs a low $25 for Ouachita Parish addresses. We honor senior citizens with a discounted $20 per year rate for parish delivery.
Robert Charles Payne is an inspirational writer who lives in West Monroe. He can be contacted by e-mailing email@example.com.