Seven classmates and another seven spouses, siblings and friends gathered to embrace the opportunity to just BE and enjoy each other. The first 18 years of our lives gave us brief moments with each other. Out of those moments we reminisced for hours about the memories we made, talking about the Village of people that helped raise us. We embraced the memories of our parents, and people we knew that lasted a life time…
On our graduation day, most of us knew exactly where we were headed. After all, our class motto was, “Not unless we fill our existence with an aim, do we make it life.” We had our cookie-cutter expectations planned out. We girls would become a nurse, teacher, secretary or stay at home Mom. I am not sure about the guys.
When we shared with each other our 50 year stories we realized things change because of life’s circumstances. Where we felt called to on graduation day – wasn’t where we ended.
Beverly was a Home Ec teacher that later became a financial advisors. Terri Z. was a Music teacher and her path led her to become an Attorney. Cris was a nurse, loved going to school, but could not afford to continue going to school forever, so became a CRNA.
Terri F. and Dana were nurses that became mothers. Terri developed a passion for making quilts and Dana never wanted to sew again, her passion is writing. Namaste Mrs. Garreson
Mike and Pete headed off to school then received draft notices. Mike joined the Kansas National Guard. Pete enlisted in the Air Force and for 12 years spent time in the Philippines and Italy. They both became bankers.
All the women planned on getting married and raise a family but it only happened for half of them. Our stories had broken marriages, and unexpected turning points. Many of us spent a lot of money and time on our education, searching for meaning in our lives, and creating a new path on the road we were destined to travel.
This reunion renewed our energy and enthusiasm to continue life’s journey. We plan to meet in Florida again in 2 years to celebrate our 70th birthdays, and continue to reminisce about the childhood friendships and memories. After all, most elderly people I have been around, have a tendency to tell the same stories over and over again.
What I liked about this group is we are genuine and eventually bloomed into the people we are meant to be. And we appear to all be happy where we are; (except Mike and the problems with his quarter of a million dollar new motorhome) no telling where he is now! His motorhome was not too dependable.
The “take away” from our stories is; Wherever you find yourself today, and whatever changes you are facing, take heart that you’re not alone. Know it is OK to change course, and that it is OK to be wrong sometimes. In fact, it is part of the journey.
Click on the link below to see our memory book.