This chapter is a fictionalization of three trips I made to Ontario, Oregon over the last decade or so. Two were for reunions of the Ontario High School Class of 1956, which is of course the model for many of the events and characters in the book. But as much fact as there is in the story, it is fiction. The characters are a blend of people as I remember some of them and thus become, in truth, figments of my imagination. Readers are supposed to realize that the narrator is looking back on life from advancing old age, putting his memories in place and trying to make peace with the present and the past --- which is what I would think we all do at high school reunions, as we wonder about who will be next to cross over.
To go to Chapter 1, click on the title of this entry in the actual “rememberingtheargus” blog. Or follow the link at the side to FarewellBendtheNovel.