I am attending my fortieth high school reunion. I missed one in the past, perhaps thinking it was a waste of time, or my life was just too busy to bother. Forty years I have been away from all of these people with whom I spent more time than any other group in my life. Some of them played with me when I was only a few years old. We spent thirteen years growing up together. Some of us really spent time, some were mere acquaintances. We might not have all been best of friends then.
Today we are all friends with ties that are more binding, with longer histories than some of our current friends. Whether we keep up for the next ten years or slip back into our lives until the next reunion, that bond will never break. I truly enjoy the smiles, the laughs, the hugs, the expressions of delight at a long awaited reunion. Most of us now have young grandchildren. At our next reunion we won’t be talking about our youngest children graduating from high school, some will proudly display their grandchildren in their graduation gowns.
I am happy today and hope, yet, to see some of those who couldn’t make it back. Social media gives us a window to reach people we have lost, but reunion brings us closer than ever. Thank you for such a good turn out and the fun yet to come today.by