6.18.2009

Ten Years Later...

Last weekend David and I packed up the kids and drove down to my 10 year class reunion. David was a little less than excited about going and hanging out with a bunch of people he didn't know. I on the other hand, was excited to see some people and to laugh at a few others. All in all, we had a great time. We had a picnic out at the river that afternoon where I got to show off my most prized possessions (my little ones), and then a dinner at the country club that night. It was good to see old friends and find out what everyone is up to these days.
Probably the funniest story of the night was talking to my good old friend that I hadn't seen since the day we graduated, Ben Gilley. We worked on the newspaper together all through high school. I was editor my senior year (and maybe a bit of a perfectionist.) One column(for lack of a better term) we had was Top Ten. Ben always had an odd sense of humor, so sometimes it made sense, and sometimes, not so much. I didn't quite get his last one, which came out our last day of school.

Here is Ben posing with a copy of our final paper.

However, Mr. Hoyt, our principal did. In fact, he got it so much that he called me into his office. If you still don't get it, forget the rest of the words and only read the first letters. That was a nice thing to have a 40- year-old man point out to me at 17. (After he accused me of sliding it in there as a joke. Apparently the fact that he had to explain it to me finally convinced him that I had nothing to do with it.) Anyway, I was a little mad at Ben that last day of school, so he felt the need to apologize 10-years later. I promised him that it is now one of my favorite stories to tell. (It was the only time I ever got called to the Principal's office.)


I really do promise that David went, although I don't have a single picture of him. Oops! I think maybe he would like to forget he went (although I keep making fun of him...his class didn't even like each other enough to even bother having a reunion!)


It is interesting to see where everyone has ended up. I have decided that I will do everything in my power to make sure that Sydney and Elle stay on the straight and narrow. Those who didn't stay on it in high school still haven't quite found their way back ten years later. (They were the ones calling their parents to come pick them up at 2 a.m.)


After four hours of chatting, part of the group moved on to a local bar called Jebb's. Not my usual stomping ground, but I figured that your 10 year reunion only comes around once, so why not. We stayed out until 2 a.m. which is WAAAYYY past my normal bedtime. Thanks to several diet cokes and a lack of sleep (and maybe a bit of nostalgia) I ended up singing karaoke with Katie and Signa - a first for me. I have to admit, it was fun. Not pretty, but fun. (You know you are bad when the guy running the karaoke is smiling and giving you a big thumbs up- the keep singing sweetie, no one will remember in the morning kind) So, minus a really bad rendition of "Before He Cheats" and one slightly embarrassing song dedication, we had quite the time. Thanks Jessica and Signa for talking me into going! I had a great time seeing everyone. It is great how you can get together and talk with really good friends like it has been only days since you've last seen them, not years. (Speaking of, Signa - dinner soon!!)


Katie, Me and Signa singing karaoke