Update 8/10/07: More photos after the jump, including, reluctantly, my HS photo. . .although what you WON’T see is the 5th year of braces on my teeth. Enjoy.
What is it about women and these high school reunions. . .they just don’t seem to change at all. Would you be able to tell what year I graduated looking at these classmates?
Patty, Judy, Casey, Kathy, and Annie - no, they haven’t changed a bit.
This past weekend I went back to my old stomping grounds in Minnesota to tell a few classmates I had a lot of fun oh so many years ago. Some of them hadn’t changed at all - which could either be good or not so good, depending on what hadn’t changed - and some were totally different.
Here’s a shot of me with Peggy and Janet
This was back in Minnesota, and there a few people there who didn’t go because they couldn’t or just didn’t want to. I wasn’t sure if I should go, but there were a few classmates that had passed away in the previous ten years. . .and I wanted to make sure these people knew how much I appreciated their friendship. If you’ve been to one of these lately, you probably know that some people don’t change at all, either in appearance or in attitude - which can’t be totally surprising. But, then there are some gems in there, too. The strange part is when the stories start coming out, and you ask yourself “did I really do that?”
With Jack, who ended up being my college roommate over at the U of M. . .and his brother-in-law Joe, married to Jack’s twin sister
A pretty humorous time was had by all, and getting caught up was great. Here’s hoping we don’t have to wait another 10 years to keep in touch. Of course, I’m not sure what photos they’ll be putting on THEIR blogs, but I have a few more to trot out here just in case.
All great people then and now, these three tried to toilet paper my house back in high school
Mr. Norman leading a tour group of the High School
About 25 of us took a tour of the High School, thanks to Mr. Norman (current math teacher). When I went there, most students dabbled in learning Spanish or French, but today there are between 12 and 15 different languages taught and spoken at the school - a real success story for diversity amongst the student population.
As was typically, the case, not paying attention to the front of the classroom. That’s Brenda sitting behind me, and she was often in that spot when we had classes together.
The classrooms haven’t changed all that much of course. And as was the case back then, some students were anxious to get a jump on a math test now and then!
Jeff O., a guy who got my vote for “clearly most changed and unrecognizable” - but just as nice a guy as back then
I thought coming 1500 miles was a long way to go for a class reunion, but I was outdone by this woman, who came from Avize, France - along with her spouse - and although there wasn’t a prize given for coming the longest distance I’m pretty sure she would have “taken the cake.”
Matt and Sally - I can’t help but notice she has a lot less of her forehead showing all these years later. . .and I have a lot MORE of my forehead showing all these years later. I’m not sure what that says, but I find it just a bit unsettling.
There were a lot of old friends that either didn’t go or couldn’t go, but in this day and age it isn’t just bad health that keeps people from connecting to their past. . .that’s why I thought it was great to get together with these people. Hope you share the feeling.
Sharon and Mary, before the big event!