Reveling in the glow of my high school reunion last Saturday night, I could share that I was happily surprised to see two of my very best friends from that time, who I hadn’t seen in at least 30 years. Our hearts connected and I could have basked in the glow of their company all night.
I could share that I got to enjoy my visits with many of the girls who, in high school, were way cooler, way prettier, way more fun than I was. They still are, but we didn’t have that artificial barrier anymore.
I could share that, after these past few years of Facebook interactions, I got to hug one old friend who is like a cousin to me.
I could share that I loved having conversations with my more studious friends, and how very smart and loving they still are.
I could share that I reconnected with some guys who I met when I was 11 and who I grew up with. They are even more warm and compassionate than they were then, if that is possible.
I could share that I truly enjoyed my conversations with some of the guys I met through my high school boyfriend, and that one of those conversations was on a topic I never would have guessed we would discuss, and I appreciate his encouragement of my thoughts and my writing.
I could share that, at one point, I happened to stand next to someone who I assumed was leading the perfect life when he shared that his wife died of cancer while their children were still young. It was like God planted him there for me. I could have talked with him for hours and so appreciate his openness, caring and willingness to connect.
We all knew each other through eyeglasses, braces and acne, through fashion style changes, through activities like sports, music, drinking and drugs. Through those years when we tried so many things that helped each of us learn for ourselves who we are at our core.
But the biggest thing I want to share is that after 35 years, we came together and met each other where we are, today. For this reunion night, our facades disappeared. There was no “in group” or artificial segmentations between the jocks and the heads, between those who were academic and those who were not, between those who were physically beautiful and those who had interesting and diverse features, between the cool kids and nerds.
Instead, I feel like I met the very best in my classmates, those who I knew growing up and who knew me possibly better than I knew myself. They carried absolutely no judgment. Connecting with each one was like a comfortable, familiar meeting of our hearts, grounding me in who I am. Because of this stable grounding and their supportive connections, I have strong roots and trunk, and I can feel the sunshine and reach as far and high as I would like. I love them, as we are all part of each other, and I’m grateful to those who put together this party so that we could do all this in person.
If you have the opportunity to connect with people from your past, and are able to do so with love and without judgement, I suspect it will be food for your soul. In the meantime, I hope you are able to connect with the hearts of those around you today.
Love and beauty,
What a beautiful post.
Thank you for reminding us. Love, Jamie
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Thank you Jamie!
Did anybody ever tell you ….you can really write, lady.So proud to know you.xxNancy
You are sweet to say that Nancy. Thank you. That makes me feel good!
Oh! oh! oh! SO happy for you!!!
Wonderful reflections. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you Kath!
I had my 50th reunion three years ago. You are right about the connection that withstands time and distance. We grew up together in Andover, knew each other’s siblings and parents, and shared school experiences. Those 18 years keep us connected no matter what happened in our lives over the following 50 years.
Ginny, isn’t that so wonderful! (And I am so glad that we reconnected. I think we are kindred spirits.)
Overwhelmingly beautiful words from an even more beautiful person!!
Wow, thank Glenn.
Isn’t it wonderful getting old? It seems like our fifties helps us forget all of those divisions and distractions that kept us from knowing and loving everyone we came into contact with throughout our lives. It certainly points to grace-filled experiences. And your observation about meeting each classmate “where they were” as opposed where we were in our segregated lives because that is where God meets us and where we meet God – where we are.
Well said, Jeff. Amen.
Lovely sentiment Marie: I feel the same it was so nice to connect with you and all of our friends as adults , without any façade, and connected by a wonderful shared experience. Jim
Thank you for your kind comments Jim! It was so wonderful to see you, then and last weekend.