1. A loving family who always provided for my needs.
2. The many friends that I had growing up
3. The schools that I attended and the teachers that taught me
4. The opportunity to attend Highland Park Community College while in high school so that I could finish college early.
5. The alley beyond my house where I spent untold hours playing with my friends.
6. Ford Park where I would spend hours each day during the summer.
7. The tennis courts at Ford Park where I learned to play tennis
8. The bike rides I could take around the Detroit area because HP was centrally located.
9. The opportunity to go to all the stores on Woodward Avenue
10. Little League football (I enjoyed the four years that I participated)
11. The Highland Park Recreation Department fast pitch baseball leagues for young people.
12. My first experience with fast food at the Red Barn.
13. The opportunity to interact with people who were from different backgrounds.
14. The many field trips that we took while at school.
15. The lessons that I learned about myself
16. The desire that God put in me to read His Word all the way through (at 16) though I didn’t yet know Him as my Savior.
17. A little church called Coltman Memorial Baptist Church (Located on Hamilton near Puritan in a building which was a funeral home) which I attended after I was saved (19 years old) and where my Mom accepted the Lord and was baptized.
18. The great times I had with my involvement in the National Honor Society at HPHS.
19. The opportunity to play on the tennis team at HPHS.
20. The Victor Bakery and the fresh-baked french bread.
21. Red Hots, which was a great place to eat a Coney.
22. McGregor Library (especially the stereo scopes)
23. The impromptu baseball games we would play under the big tree at Ford Field.
24. The tree-lined streets that were like a tunnel of trees.
25. Eighth Grade camp at Camp Rankin.
26. The friends with whom I have I reconnected on Facebook as well as new friends that I have made from HP via FB.
I could continue to list more. Yes, I have several regrets from my years in Highland Park. There are things that I wish I had done, and there are things that I wish that I had never done. I thank God for His mercy and forgiveness and that my sins have been covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. I thank God that I can be called an Highland Parker and for all of His blessings of my childhood and teen years in Highland Park.