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By Karl Terry
Columnist 

Reunion fun enough to plan another

 

October 15, 2017



It seems 40 years can pass in the blink of an eye or a lifetime or two can occur in the same time.

So it seems after reflecting on my recent class reunion.

The biggest difference this reunion over previous reunions is that I got involved in planning the event. I figured I had the time, I could volunteer for stuff that could be done earlier in the year and the reunion would be stress free. Not so fast.

An unplanned trip to the ER and a hospital stay that extended to a couple of days before the reunion made sure there was plenty of stress. But thanks to my wonderful mother, for sitting with my wife for two nights while I reminisced with classmates, I didn’t miss it.

As the evolution of most classes go, our reunions too have gotten progressively smaller over the years. Thankfully for the most part that hasn’t happened because of deaths. At our 30-year reunion we had about 8-10 who had passed. In the last decade, as far as those present could figure, only two more deaths had occurred. That’s comforting as we all close in on our 60s.

Another thing that was noticeable was that those in attendance all looked amazingly good. I think a good number look better than they did 20 years ago. Maybe we’re just a vain lot and the only ones who showed up were those who looked great, but I don’t think so.

I’d like to think we’re all getting younger but I did notice a few signs that is not true.

For instance, at our 20th reunion it is reputed that we set the all time record for bar receipts for a reunion at the local country club. Also at that one and the 30th the band seemed to be the main attraction. This time around it seemed to be the main attraction for about four dances.

We had requests for the band to turn the sound down and those speaking in front of the group to speak up so they could be heard in the back.

Twenty years ago the smokers congregated outside on the patio. This time those with knees and backs too bad to dance congregated outside so they could visit quietly. There weren’t even all that many smokers out there this time.

The planning committee came up with the idea of going back to the old high school for a tour to see how things had changed. When we put out a request to let us know how many were coming only two or three replied. I figured it was a bust but showed up at the breakfast meet-up on Saturday and was pleasantly surprised when nearly the whole group took the tour.

Some places in the school looked almost exactly the same as when we left. One building had changed so much that very few recognized it. Some disagreed on whose class was where but it didn’t matter because every teacher’s name brought back memories.

I think those that attended had a good enough time that we’ll all want to get together in another 10 years or so. I’m guessing we’ll probably pass on the band.

Karl Terry writes for Clovis Media Inc. Contact him at: karlterry@yucca.net

 

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