Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Parkwood High Class of '66 - this one's for you....

Recently, several of us from our Class of 1966 got together for an impromptu lunch.  We spent a couple of hours talking and reminiscing, but mostly just enjoying each other's company.  Four of us have kept in close contact throughout the years, but the other two, I had only recently reconnected with on FB.  It was as if we had gone back in time a few years - we instantly picked up right where we left off 45 years ago.  Our generation who embraced the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Mamas and the Papas and all those wonderful bands of the 60's will always be young at heart.  In our minds, we each still feel 17 - and I'm sure each of us could still do The Twist and the Locomotion  if push came to shove.

Each one of us has had our personal trials.  We've lost parents, we've had health issues with either ourselves or our spouses... and we've lost friends.  When I look at a yearbook, I count the friends from our graduating class that are no longer with us.  All died way too early in life - Sammy in his late teens and a husband and wife couple, Rita and David in their late 40's - early 50's.  And several others.

I learned that day how much we all have in common.  We all have children and spouses that we love; we care deeply about the welfare of others; and most important, we are all Christians.  We are strong women - women of our generation have helped change the world and have made it a better place.  Each line on our face is a testament to how much we have given others and each smile line is proof of how much we have been given.

I love my high school friends - Marlene, Linda, Brenda, Sandy and Vicki.  We will keep in touch and add more friends to our lunch dates along the way. God bless you all.

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