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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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?

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Colleen Coble  
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At 9:20 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

I know exactly what you mean (at least I think I do) about this! Only my husband and I didn't marry until 5 years after HS.

And I loved the Monkees, too! I loved Micky, too. LOL. Our family's band now plays music from my youth. It keeps us young. LOL.

 
At 10:00 AM, Blogger azmary said...

Ahhh Colleen,
I knew we are close, but this could be a deal breaker:o)
Mickey was MY man!! LOL. I was also in "love" with Mark Lindsey of Paul Revere and the Raiders! WOW, it was a long time ago, but in my head only yesterday.
Have a great day, and hopefully I will get to see you in August.

 
At 10:27 AM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Wow! This picture brought a smile to my face. I have the television series on DVD, just for the memories. And I also loved Paul Revere and the Raiders! And Mickey was my favorite, too. What great memories. Thanks, Colleen! I had my 35 year class reunion a couple of years ago, and it was such fun. I was a wild child back then, and though many of my classmates knew I had changed my ways and went on to write Christian fiction, many did not. Imagine their surprise when I was asked to lead in the blessing over the meal. I'm sure eyes popped.

 
At 12:27 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

LOL, Mare! I didn't realize you were a Micky fan too. Oh and Paul Revere and the Raiders! I had tickets to go see them when I was 14 then ended up in the hospital with a ruptured ovary. Would you believe Herman's Hermits are coming to Wabash? If it's when you come home, let''s go!

I can't believe all of you liked Micky since most everyone I knew loved Davy. LOL

 
At 1:48 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I liked Peter, Paul and Mary, The Mamas and the Papas, Joan Baez, Judy Collins...etc. Folk musicians. Sure, I liked the Monkees, the Beatles, The Turtles, The Fifth Dimension, too ...but I liked folk music better. Weird, I know. :)

My 40th is next year. I've been going back and forth about whether I'll attend the reunion or not. My HS class was big (869)--and I only keep up with one classmate. Maybe I should just get together with her. :) You are fortunate that you still know and have relationships with your former classmates.

 
At 2:02 PM, Blogger Jan Marie said...

Seeing as how my 45th is coming up before too terribly long, I can relate to all that you are saying except for the fact that I am jealous that you will be at your desired weight by reunion day - oh, to be able to reach that goal! Congrats to you on achieving it.

For me, it was the Four Seasons. No other group could compare. We took my daughter to see the Beach Boys last month at Honeywell Center and they were better than ever - still singing the same songs but oh so smooth in their delivery. The maturity of their voices just made them that much better. It was a great night that brought back a lot of good memories.

 
At 2:03 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Did you see Herman's Hermits will be at the Honeywell Center, Jan? I'm sooo tempted to go! LOL

 
At 2:04 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Pam, I LOVED folk music too! Peter, Paul, and Mary. The Mamas and the Papas. Ahhhh!

 
At 2:33 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Mama Cass had an unbeatable voice.

 
At 3:49 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I know exactly what you mean! And I graduated a couple of years ahead of you ... all right 5 years ahead. I was a child genius. Uh huh. ;)Seriously, it doesn't FEEL like that long ago, until my hip start acting up. ;)

 
At 3:50 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

You know what I noticed at my 25th reunion? The gals still looked the same, on'y a bit older. But the guys! I could hardly recognize any of them! Let us know if you find that at your 40th, Colleen!

 
At 4:27 PM, Blogger Jan Marie said...

Yes, I saw that, Colleen, but I forget when it was going to be. I doubt that I could convince my hubby to go to that one with me and my daughter is now living in France, so I probably won't get to see them. You should go - it would be a nice break for you.

 
At 5:43 PM, Blogger jel said...

I got the theme song to the show of the monkeys stuck in my head now! Davy was the cute too me :)

 
At 8:43 PM, Blogger Kameko said...

I my not have graduated until 1979, but I was blessed with parents who "subjected" me to a wide range of music so I grew up with an appreciation (I felt) for all types of music. But Davey Jones was my fav! My sisters and I loved to listen to Bobby Sherman, the Osmonds, as well as several of the bands and singers from the 50's & 60's. There was a mixture of Country & Western (from Dad) thrown in there - Roy Clark, Glen Campbell, Wayne Newton, to name a few. I even listened to some Big Band music, along with Jazz, and Classical - to me, the best of all worlds. And of course, we can't forget Elvis!

Beverly

 
At 8:57 PM, Blogger Kameko said...

Oh, Colleen, I received your newsletter today and enjoyed reading it. Congratulations on being a finalist! The recipe you included sounded wonderful ~

Thanks,

Beverly

 
At 9:44 AM, Blogger Cindy W. said...

Wow. This takes me back. My 40th reunion is this year also. Unfortunately I won't be able to go.

My favorites were Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees and I loved Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & the Raiders. They were at Disneyland for our Grad Nite celebration. It was AWESOME. I also love the Bee Gees and Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons. I am a sucker for good close harmony. I have to save I also loved The Lettermen.

Thanks for triggering such fond memories.

You all have a blessed day!

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W

 

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Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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