Pauline's graduation picture
This was me back then. πŸ™‚

So yeah, just got back from my 40th high school reunion about a week ago. Above is my “official” graduation photo and here is how I looked the night of our reunion dinner:

Photo of Pauline
This is me now. Well, me a week ago. Gravity and time show no mercy.

I had a really good time hanging with the high school peeps. It was great catching up again (this was the first reunion that I’d managed to make since we graduated, so I had a LOT of catching up to do) with everyone and hearing news of those who didn’t make it. Sadly five of our class have already passed on.

reunion dinner photo
I catch up with my best friend from high school.

I’ve had a week to sort through my impressions from going home for a high school reunion and have not yet achieved clarity. If that is possible? My first thought was, “Wow. We all grew up.” LOL To understand that thought, you probably need to understand the when of our period of maturation. We are part of the hippie, we’re-not-going-to-grow-old generation.

Yeah, that went well.

Life has pretty much had its way with all of us, one way or another. Mostly it erased the boundaries that separated us in high school. I liked that. I didn’t get a chance to visit with everyone, but I did get to hear how they were doing. And I got to remember.

Parade view from float
This is my view from the flatbed we rode on during the Lovell’s Day parade. Yup, I was in the parade with the rest of my class. You can’t “see” the heat, though. Cause dang it was hot.

I grew up in a very interesting time, with a lot happening both in the world and within our own country. Things like putting a man on the moon and the Viet Nam War. Pluto was still a planet and Uranus wasn’t. During my progress from birth to graduation Godzilla was “born” and JFK died. MLK “had a dream.” And my teachers kept hoping that I’d “perform to my potential.”

It’s still bothers me that The Lion Sleeps Tonight was the theme for our Junior Prom. I should probably get over it. It’s past time. Though if that is my only issue from high school… LOL

riding a flat bed in the parade
My sister took this shot of us riding the flat bed (sitting on hay bales) in the Lovell’s Day parade. (I’m kind of in the middle of the top row wearing my dad’s fishing hat cuz it was HOT.)

Mostly I came away from the reunion feeling really proud of us. We’d all lived, laughed, taken some knocks (some have taken a lot of knocks), and most of us were still standing, still smiling, still living.

Class of 1973 riding in parade
A close up of me and the class riding in the Lovell’s Day Parade. Yeah, that’s me in the fishing hat. It saved my life. Seriously.

Maybe it is because I’m a writer that I’ve been examining my own navel so much lately. And because I’m getting old (or already there) and it’s turned out to be not at all what I expected. Maybe it’s because the hubs and I are in a place of looking back, while looking forward. Whatever the reason for being reflective, I know that 1973 was a very good year. And I came from a great class. πŸ™‚

class reunion photo
The class of 1973. πŸ™‚

What about you? Do reunions make you reflective? Paranoid? Surprised? Leave some comment love! All comments are entered into my monthly drawing for $10 AnaBanana gift card. Winner is announced in the first blog post of the new month. And don’t forget to check out my “Taking the Scenic Route” posts this summer, for a chance to win one of my audio books.

Perilously yours,

Pauline

Pauline Baird Jones also looked back when she wrote Relatively Risky – back to her and the hubs 18 years in New Orleans. She loved remembering The Big Easy as she launched her Big Uneasy series. You can find out more about Pauline and her books by visiting her website at www.paulinebjones.com.

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, action adventure
New Orleans. A girl. A guy. Bullets and bad guys. A normal day in the Big UNeasy. Well, what passes for normal…
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14 thoughts on “My High School Reunion. O.O

    • July 21, 2013 at 8:48 am
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      LOL thanks! And no, wouldn’t go back for ANY money! I’ll keep the mid-life sagging so I can keep the lessons learned. LOL

  • July 21, 2013 at 1:03 am
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    How did I miss this post? I’ve been waiting for your reunion post. I guess my life’s been in more of a whirlwind these past couple weeks than I realized.

    Well done, Pauline! I thoroughly enjoyed this post. I graduated a year behind you, so I can totally relate to the way things were back then, and I love the way you tell it. Very cool and definitely groovy! I’ve gone to all my high school reunions, so it shouldn’t be too shocking to see how much everyone’s change when I go to our 40th next year. I’m hoping my best friend makes it to this one. She hasn’t gone to any so far.

    ’73 was free, but ’74 had more! (Or has more as we used to say, but I wonder, more what?)
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    • July 21, 2013 at 8:47 am
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      I am glad you enjoyed the post, Lynn! I was a little slow getting it up, because I a) do my “big” post on Monday and b) I traveled back on Sunday, so c) I’d pre-done a Monday post. So I didn’t get it scheduled until I’d been home a week. (Does that even make sense? It’s morning. Early morning. LOL)

      I had planned to attend my earlier reunions, but Life happened and long travel is involved for me to get home. But I’d definitely recommend going to 40th. It’s kind of epic (though our float was behind the class having their 50!). But we all impressed to be alive and I was proud of us, because we were more about family as our accomplishments. Maybe we’ve just lived long enough to know what really matters?

      LOL, yeah, Class of ’74 used to taunt us with that one, too. LOL

  • July 12, 2013 at 6:50 pm
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    I went to the 21st reunion. Most of my close friends weren’t there – bit it was interesting to look at how some had ‘turned out’. I wouldn’t go again (can’t, at this distance) but I’m happy for you. It’s definitely an eye-opener looking at your generation.
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    • July 13, 2013 at 8:18 pm
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      Yeah, I missed my 20th, but was glad I’d made at least one. I have a distance issue, too. It’s too bad you missed your HS friends. But going to 40, you’re pretty much glad to see whoever made it! πŸ™‚

  • July 8, 2013 at 7:51 pm
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    Love the post
    I love time of reflection

    • July 8, 2013 at 9:27 pm
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      Many thanks, Jolene. I really have had a lot of reasons to reflect and ponder lately. LOL I keep feeling like I’d like to slow things down (and instead only I seem to be slowing! LOL).

  • July 8, 2013 at 7:35 pm
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    I only went to my ten year class reunion. I wasn’t too impress. Then again I was extremely shy kid that didn’t engage. High school was not one of my happiest times. I like where I am now.
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    • July 8, 2013 at 9:26 pm
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      Ten years is almost too soon. You still remember all the divisions. At 40 none of that matters anymore (I was shy, too and very surprised how many people remembered me! LOL). You’re just glad to see everyone, glad you and they are still alive! O.O

  • July 8, 2013 at 5:08 pm
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    Your commentary spoke right to the heart. You came away from your reunion with everything you should have. What a great experience for you.

    • July 8, 2013 at 9:25 pm
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      Thanks, Joni! It really was so fun and I loved seeing everyone. It just felt good. πŸ™‚

  • July 8, 2013 at 4:18 pm
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    Once again I enjoyed your version and opinion of the recent events..You truly are gifted..Loved seeing you at the reunion, and sure hope you continue sharing your incredible talent with us all…

    • July 8, 2013 at 9:24 pm
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      It was so fun seeing you, Julie! And catching up with everyone. Thank you so much for your kind words!

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