What can make you feel both old and like a kid again in one fell swoop? A 40th high school reunion. Memories come flooding back at the mere mention of a name, and “Do you remember when . . . ?” prefaces almost as many sentences as “Whatever happened to . . .?”
Bryan High School was larger than I remember it. Someone said there were roughly 700 in our graduating class. I didn’t remember 700 being in the entire school, but my memory tends to be faulty. This is the left third of the panorama of our graduating class:
I’m in there somewhere. The hubs found me right off, but it took me a few minutes. Anyway, like I said, this was about a third of us, and the next pic is of everyone who showed up for the reunion–roughly a quarter of us:
I’m in there somewhere, too.
Looking past all the expanding waists, drooping jowls, and wrinkled brows are the folks I went to school with–some for as many as twelve full years. We had a book of remembrance to honor those from our class who’ve already passed on, and year books so we can get close-up views of how dorky we all were back then. And we had pictures taken as we came in, so we can see close-ups of how much we’ve changed since then. Of course, some hardly changed at all in looks or personality. A little age around the edges, a little more wisdom, but otherwise just the same.
Reconnecting with some of these people has been the highlight of this year. I can’t believe this is the first reunion I’ve been to. Can’t wait for the next one!
Okay, was your hair red back then? Parted on the left? Standing on the right (as I look at the photo) about 4 people in from the side? Did I find you?
Yep, that’s me. 😉
And if not, you had a twin. A redheaded one. 🙂
I think there were only four–maybe five–redheads in our entire graduating class. Our band director kept trying to play matchmaker between the redheaded guys and gals. I didn’t fall for it (neither did the others) 😀
I had such a good time. It was difficult to get to visit with everyone. FB will help us stay connected. Great to see you and meet Billy! Our guys are so much alike.
We got a huge kick out of Jim. That was so much fun!