Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Forty-Seven Years and Counting

Last weekend, we attended my 47th high school reunion.  Why 47 years, you ask?  Why not 45 or 50?  Well, we did 40 and 45, but over the last few years, our classmates have been dropping like flies!  No joke, we have lost several to cancer, diabetes, and other illnesses, and decided not to wait for 50 years, for fear there would be too few of us left.

This being an interim get together, it was decided to make it an informal BBQ at the home of one of our classmates who graciously offered the space.  It was a perfect spot to have it.  He has a huge lot, which meant plenty of parking space, a large paved driveway, and a two-car garage.  People brought their own lawn chairs, their beverage of choice, and each of us paid a small fee which the organizing committee, (saints, every one of them!) used to purchase and prepare eats.

So Welcome to the 47th reunion of Winslow High School, the Class of 1963!  I know for most of you, this will be just a bunch of photos of old people hanging out, but I want to tell you, it was a wonderful event.  One of our teachers and his wife joined us;  I swear, he looked younger than most of us!  (I attribute that to the wonderful care of his loving wife!)

Those of you who have been with me for a while may recall the story of the "Things That Go Bump in the Night.   If you don't remember it, click ont the title and go back and catch up.  I'll wait.

Are you back?  okay, well the perpetrator of that incident...the fellow handing me the thong in the photo was at it again!  He happens to be a faithful reader of my blog.  When Hubby and I arrived at the BBQ, he quickly grabbed my hand and stole me away from Hubby, saying, "Come with me...there's someone I want you to meet." 

He proceeded to lead me up the driveway, into the garage, out the back of the garage and around the corner.  "What are you up to?" I asked?

Smiling, he reached into his pocket and handed me a foil-wrapped square of Ghiradelli chocolate.  "I thought you might like to continue your affair out of your husband's sight," he quipped.  (Those of you who are regular readers may remember my illicit affair with chocolate.  My friend is obviously an enabler and should be avoided at all costs!)

That's the culprit above on the left, having a conversation with a classmate who is now blind, but still conducts band concerts at a summer resort here in Maine. 
It was wonderful to see old friends; even many of the spouses are now well-acquainted, if they've been attending reunions faithfully.  The last couple of reunions were events that lasted the whole weekend and we would all stay in motels in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, so we've had lots of opportunity to get to know them. 

There were some reunion "virgins" in attendance (classmates for whom this was the first  time coming to a class get together), and it was extra special to see them, too.  My senior prom date was there.  I had not seen him since graduation.  He tells me he has a copy of our prom picture and will have his wife scan it and email it to me.  I don't have a copy of it, so I hope he remembers to do that.  When I receive it, I will do a "Throwback Thursday" post of it, I promise.

That's him, in the plaid shirt above, having a conversation with the widow of one of our deceased class members.

A couple of "the girls" catching up.

The one on the left was one of the girls at my house during "Things that go Bump in the Night. (Link is earlier in the post).

Having some chat time!   (the 3rd from the left in the sunglasses and black blouse was my college roommate for 4 years as well as a high school classmate.  She was the one who testified in court in the famous "High Crimes at an Institute for Higher Learning."  (I've provided the link, if you're curious about that episode.)

A couple more classmates catching up.  (These pictures are posted mostly for the attendees who may be reading my blog.)

The guys did a lot of catching up, too!

There's that enabler with his wife this time.

A couple of former football players, back in a huddle or huggle?

A couple of the girls enjoying the sun while they chat!

There was lots to catch up on!

Our gracious host is the gentleman on the left; he also did the BBQing of chicken, burgers, hot dogs, and sausages.  The menu also included baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, chili, fruit salad, chips, dips, veggies, cake, cheesecake, and dessert bars.  A great big thank you goes out to him and the hard-working committee members who took time out of their busy lives to plan, organize, contact class members, and cook, making the party a huge success.  We arrived at 3:00pm, and when we left at 9:30 pm, some die-hards were still talking!  We were regaled with tales of the antics various members of the group had experienced,  and there were lots of belly laughs to share!

The next morning, 20 of us met at a local eatery for breakfast.  (What was I thinking?  I didn't take pictures of the food!)  I had a yummy raspberry muffin the size of a softball, and a homemade chocolate doughnut of similar size that was soooo good!  Maybe next time we eat there, I'll get photos!)  With parting hugs and chuckles, we went our separate ways, looking forward to our 50th reunion, which isn't all that far off!

I apologize for the quality of the photo....this was the best I could do!  Above is pictured the queen of the reunion.  She was the committee chair person, spent hours on the phone recruiting the first timers--convincing them to attend!  She also kept us informed of what was happening, reminded people to cough up their fees, plus she did a lot of the cooking!  Just call her superwoman.  The party would not have gotten off the ground without her efforts and those of the rest of the committee.  (You may have noticed I have not used names on this post, in an attempt to allow the pictured some semblance of privacy.) 

If you made it this far, thanks for reading!

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Kristina P. said...

I can't believe it! I think you meant to say your 27th reunion.

Brian Miller said...

ha. looks like a lot of fun...and a lot of stories behind each peron you introduced us to...i have never been to a reunion...perhaps i need to reconsider...

DJan said...

One really downside of moving around as an Air Force brat is that I don't know hardly any of my high school attendees, having gone to four different ones in four years. My fiftieth was this summer, I thought about it but nobody would have remembered me, I'm sure. You are so fortunate to have this, Eva, believe me!

ethelmaepotter! said...

What a great thing to do - 47th reunion! I must admit I've never been to a school reunion...because I hated every minute of school and was extremely reclusive, and none of those people would know me anyway.

But I sure enjoyed going to yours!

natalee said...

Wow..... Amazing.... Where is the group shot.... I love that the enabler brought you chocolate.....

Meeko Fabulous said...

I'm glad you had fun! :)

tattytiara said...

It's wonderful you guys get together so often. Even every five years is good - there are families that don't get together that frequently!

jules said...

I can't wait to see your prom picture!!! Sounds like a wonderful weekend. That muffin sounds really good too! I want to get back to Maine!

Anything Fits A Naked Man said...

Wow! This looks like so much fun, Eva! There's just nothing like getting together with old friends that knew you when, huh?

I remember for my first high school reunion (the 10th), I was worried that I'd aged and gained weight, and everyone would be judging me. What I found instead was a group of loving, wonderful old friends that I was REALLY happy to get caught up with!!

So glad you enjoyed yours!

Writing Without Periods! said...

So glad you had a good time. Reunions kind of freak me out. Went to my 40th and felt like I'd fallen through a time warp.

lakeviewer said...

You guys! I'm so jealous! Oh how I wish to have stayed in touch with just one or two of my classmates.

Tam said...

That looks like the best party! I love that you've all stayed in touch. What a treasure!

Eva Gallant said...

Tam: It really was a great party!

Jules: I'm hoping he remembers to send it!

Mary at Deep South Dish said...

Looks like a great time! Just had my 35th and had great attendance but was surprised at the list of deceased too. There were about 190 out of a class of nearly 600, course many of those were drug related, some accidents, and others illnesses. We had a great time - everybody should attend their reunions, especially once it starts hitting on 20+ years.

Pat said...

Sounds like you had a great time! It's fun to sit around and remember old times! Can't wait to see that prom picture!

Katie said...

Looks and sounds like you had a good time. One thing I really regret/hate about being homeschooled my high school years is the lack of reunions. This year would have been my 10 year and since I didn't graduate with any of the local schools I missed out on that.

But then again...since I look WAY worse now than back then...perhaps I should be thankful! ::snort::

Marla said...

Way cool, Eva!