US Air Force
father was a US Air Force physician stationed at RAF Kirknewton,
Scotland from 1964-1967."
we arrived at Kirknewton, I was too young for public school so I spent
my first year at the little family services pre-school.
The following year I rode a blue Air Force bus to Parkhead Primary
School. My kindergarten teacher was a wonderful lady named Mrs.
My first and second grade teacher was Miss Borthwick. She gave me a toy
MG when we left!
I recall the 'sweet line' where we could buy candy for a ha’penny.
When it snowed on the school playground, we would run and slide on the
same patch until it turned to ice, then it was really fun!
There were a dozen “ice slides” going at once and we waited in line to
go on the best ones.
When I first walked into the dining hall at Parkhead, I was nauseated by
the smell of Scottish food, but I soon discovered that it didn’t kill
anybody and learned to love it.
It was the same for the milk bottles we got mid-morning; they looked
hideous with the thick goo on top. That was the best milk I ever had –
it tasted like melted ice cream!
I still count the way we were taught in Scotland; with a square of four
dots and a dot in the middle. Two sets make 10. Easy to keep track of
I remember we all stood when the Headmaster entered the room and we
recited the Lord’s Prayer each morning.
lived at 13 Churchill Way which was on the top of the hill across from
the water tower.
view was beautiful in every direction. The wheat fields looked like
waves of gold when the wind was blowing.
could peek into the villagers’ gardens and see snapdragons, poppies and
sweet peas blooming.
parents kept in touch with our babysitter for several years after we got
back to Houston. She brought us vegetables from her family garden.
hill is all fenced now, but in the 1960s it was completely open (except
for the house of Col. Donnely, the Base Commander) so it made a perfect
place to ride our sleds.
the several inches of snow got packed down, we were off to the races!
I was always disappointed to come home from school the day the show
we had a 'White Christmas' which seemed to make all the moms happy.
learned how to make buttercup chains in the field between the base and
Saturday a blue bus would take us to the movie theater, which was the
highlight of the week! We saw 'Zorro' and 'The Lone Ranger'
serials before the feature.
only movies I remember were 'Jason and the Argonauts' and 'Follow That
Dream' with Elvis Presley.
or twice we walked back to base through the woods. We thought we were
Louis and Clark!
Return to Texas
the American kids were talking about 'Batman and Robin' being on TV back
in the states.
by one, the kids would disappear until one day a blue station wagon came
for us. Back to McGuire AFB and then home to Texas. "
Bill Newton, Missouri City, Texas,
USA: 16 September 2016