Friday evening was magical.
Rick and I went to my old neighborhood where I went to grade school from the middle of 5th grade through 8th grade, Pleasant Valley Elementary School.
Out of our 8th grade graduating class of 57 students, 16 of us got together at the home of my dear old friend Jimmy (I think he must go by Jim now) where he and his gracious wife provided the 70’s themed setting for an evening to remember!
Most of the people at this party hadn’t seen each other in over 30 years, so this wasn’t just a time to catch up on the past 5 or 10 years, but a time to stare at each other until we could see the faces and personalities of the kids we knew back then. Some of the faces haven’t changed all that much, but some of us had to really stare hard and listen to voices and laughs for the memories to start flooding back.
Paul Meier and his wife
Such a good idea.
In 34 years a lot has changed. For one, Laurie Stykel and I didn’t have to stand in the back row for a group shot. Those boys finally grew taller than us! (Although Jimmy is cheating and standing on the sofa)
Some of us have gotten married. Some more than once.
Some of us have had kids.
A couple of us have grandkids.
Some of us have had the stuffing kicked out of us.
But for one magical evening, we were just a bunch of kids again, kids going through all the angst of coming of age, sharing memories, laughing, loving, and reveling in one another’s company.
Gosh, I can’t wait to do it again.