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Twenty Five Years, and counting….

November 30, 2010
by Paul Jones

1985.  Wow, it does not seem like 25 years have passed since that day in June 1985 that we walked across the stage in with diplomas in our hands.  Some of us were able to gather this weekend, and it was an enjoyable time.  As part of the planning of the reunion, trying to find people was one of the tasks.  Some people, it seems, for any number of reasons, do not wish to be found.  Others were on board immediately, still others had prior engagements that prevented their attendance.  It is all fine, in 25 year, we make our own lives, that resemble little those of our high school years.  We have our own kids, and in some cases, grandkids.  We have businesses, family issues, travel distances too great to make the journey.  We have independent lives from that of 1985, we have become adults, and that is what was impressed upon me the most.

It was like looking in a magic mirror, seeing friends and classmates, and being shot back in time, as the memories were spoken of, involving those present and absent, and just as quickly talk would move towards kids, schools, and other present day topics.  There was an overall feeling of community.  The obvious cliques disappeared.  One thing, however, was clear to me.  The bonds of time have strengthened some friendships, and have made clear what I thought I knew.  There are some ties that cannot be broken, no matter the time between contact. I was fortunate to reinforce some of those bonds this past weekend, and will do all I can to make sure the time that has passed will not be as long before the next contact. The people that could not make it in, I hope will try to build upon the contact.

I am fortunate to have made these re-connections.  Some from the past will not make the renewal, that is just the way life moves, but others will. Treasure them.  I do, from the daily contact to the who the hell knows when the next one is, they all mean the world to me.

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  1. Sue permalink
    November 30, 2010 8:34 pm

    I am sorry I missed everyone. Thank you, Paul, for coordinating & commentating so we all can stay “plugged-in.”

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