Monday, September 7, 2009

Bob Family Reunion

In utter truth and sincerity, I tell you this: I count myself very blessed to be able to say that I am still friends with many of the very same people that I walked into my first day of Kindergarten with. Our school was tiny and our class was the tiniest. So tiny that there was no P.M. class, just us morning-ers. We started out as scrawny 5 year-olds and 13 years later, us gals shopped for white dresses that would not show through our inexplicably transparent white graduation gowns. We were there for one another through mall bangs and Guess? jeans. We had sleepovers and spats and went on double-dates and then we all went our separate ways. And still, here we are. As years pass, I realize more and more that this is rare.

While in Ohio over the weekend I met up with two of my pals.

Chris had the nerve to change his name to Christian since high school. I tried to comply, but it was difficult. Here's a few stories about Chris (chin): He once gave a presentation in speech class on the song "Nothing Else Matters" by Metallica - complete with air guitar. He was my escort for prom court Senior year and we were in a fight the entire time. (I don't remember why and I can't imagine what we had to fight about.) My HS boyfriend started out being very jealous of my friendship with Chris (can we say "red flag"?) and ended up standing up with him at his wedding, and vice versa. Chris is the only person with whom I have ever made flan. Chris is exactly one day older than me. Chris was the tallest boy in my class and I was the tallest girl, so we got to walk together in the graduation processional. Chris was my first best guy friend.

Thankfully, Lyndsay still goes by Lyndsay. Whew. I was with Lyndsay (girl scout meeting - 4th grade) the day the space shuttle Challenger exploded. We watched in horror as it blew up and Lyndsay immediately informed us that her Cabbage Patch Kid wanted to be an astronaut when he grew up and that she would no longer allow it. I attended countless AWANA, youth group and Bible study meetings with Lyndsay over the years. Lyndsay and I shared a mutual, obscure liking of our extremely nerdy math teacher, Mr. Davis. I helped style Lyndsay's hair when she was on homecoming court. Lyndsay has a wicked-funny sense of humor and shares with myself and our gaggle of other girlfriends the propensity for recalling with stunning clarity the funny moments and people that defined our years at NHS.

Now, we all have families. From the looks of things - we're adults.

Although, if we're adults, then these guys must also be adults. As I sit looking at this picture of Cory and Clinton (Lyndsay's husband) that doesn't seem one hundred percent correct...

At any rate, I loved seeing my pals. They connect me to my former life and remind me that maybe there was never a disconnect, to begin with.

Friends - I propose a trip to Niagara Falls or the Grand Canyon, when we're all in our 60's! Be there in your orthopedic shoes, or be square.

17 comments:

  1. How wonderful that you have all stayed in touch!

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    Julie M.

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  2. What a sweet post!I still have some friends from my youth too and we love talking about the good ole days when we were young and dumb! HA!

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  3. Childhood friends seem to stick. Maybe it's because we have no pretenses? Great post.

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  4. This Ozarks farm chick has her 40 year reunion this month and it will be very interesting to see who I began first grade with. We did not have kindergarten until sometime in the 60's here in the hills and hollers. Sounds like ya had a rip roarin' time. Ya'll have a wonderfully blessed day!!!

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  5. There is nothing better than a story of friendship!

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  6. What a sweet and touching post. You are truly lucky to still have those connections. Your kids look adorable too! Traci

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  7. What a wonderful reunion! I just reconnected with my BFF from high school on facebook and it has been a joy to catch up. Ohio!!! That's where I'm from!

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  8. How awesome to have connections like that. Stories like that sure make me wish we didn't move around constantly when I was growing up.

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  9. Such a sweet post!!!!! I am only friends with one childhood friend and one from highschool still,I have moved out of state and it is hard keeping touch. It is nice to see people that stay friends !!!!! Sara

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  10. How sweet!!! I went to the same small Christian school from 1st to 12th grade and I am still friends with many of the girls I graduated with. :) My family and my husband's family were close growing up, and he attended the same school, but was one year ahead of me. :)

    I'm hosting my 2nd Decorating Dilemmas Party tonight/tomorrow. (It will be up after 10-ET tonight) I hope you might be able to stop by if you have anything to share (dilemma or solution!). :) There is a giveaway for partygoers. ;)

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  11. Isn't it a blessing to have life long friends. My husband and I have several and we always enjoy our time with each of them.

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  12. It's great you have stayed in touch with so many of your old friends.

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  13. It's nice that you got to see some friends! I Hate it when people change their names on me!! it's just wrong I tell you!!! And i don't comply! sorry... haha

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  14. Funny read as always! I can just tell by the pics that ya'll had a great time with lots of laughs! That's the best :)

    T

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  15. I love hearing all the random things about you all. And I'm glad I know those two and recall how interesting your little NHS '94 class was...

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  16. I love a good blast from the past...and the fact you keep making memories with these same people. Oh, and if you get to the Grand Canyon and realize you've forgotten your orthopedic shoes, I'm pretty sure they carry them in the gift shop. :-) Great post.

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