40 YEARS AGO
Doesn't just saying the words "40 years ago" make me sound ancient? My 40th high school class reunion is next month. FORTY years ago I was 18. How is that possible? I don't feel 40 yet, let alone facing the reality that my youth was forty years ago. I'm really looking forward to it, and just thinking about the friends I graduated with is an exercise in characterization. There's the couple who dated through high school and married right after and are still together all these years later. And they still look the same: young. The rats. LOL There's one of the bad boys who became a minister. How did that happen? There are the ones who were quiet and you never really knew what they might accomplish and they are really successful. There are the friends you just knew who would be successful and they are. I think it's going to be a great evening of looking back but also fun for me as a writer to dig under the surface and see what experiences led them on the paths they took. And who would have imagined that I'd be an author? It was a dream I didn't even dare voice back then.
I'm on another round of my diet too, though it really has nothing to do with the reunion. But it doesn't hurt to know I'm going to be at my goal weight by the time it rolls around. But the cool thing is that I know this group loves and accepts me for who I am, just as I do them. The stress of earlier reunions is gone now. I don't need to impress anyone. Heck, we're all just happy to have survived this long. LOL We just are going to get together to look back and enjoy who we have become on this journey.
I had to put up that picture of the Monkees because I loved them back in the 60s. Some of my friends were into other bands like the Rolling Stones, , but me, I loved Micky. :-) And the Beatles. There's something about music that can transport me back to the good old days. How about you? What music defined your era for you?
Labels: 1960s, high school, reunion