It’s the 51st Earth Day. The 1st one was awful.

Final days of high school senior year. Told to pick up litter on the school grounds.

The first Earth Day. 1970.

Notre Dame High School in Biloxi, Mississippi.

I was hot. I was sweaty. I was 18.

Dad, can you come pick me up right now?

The football field. Full of rockachaws. A reminder of the spring of ’69.

Running barefoot on rockachaws. The initiation for the athletic club. What club?

The Earth Day buildup was big. The Earth Day letdown was huge.

Not exactly a Youngbloods “Get Together” moment at the all-Catholic and all-boys school.

You may know the lyrics of the song. A sample: “You can make the mountains ring.”

Smile on your brother? Oh brother. It seemed like Keegan’s Bayou was right in the middle of the campus.

In preserving the wildness of the world, Henry David Thoreau never would have considered Keegan’s Bayou giving off earth-friendly vibes.

Featured image credit: Screen grab from The Youngbloods’ “Get Together” video on YouTube.

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