Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Reunions & Other Stuff

Here in the US, this is the time of year when many former students gather at their class reunions -- mostly high school reunions, I think. If you've long since moved away, going back to your hometown is bittersweet. It's a flashback to a different time, different era, different people ... yet nothing's the same.

Yesterday, in the elevator going back to my office after lunch, a young woman stepped on wearing the same outfit my older sister wore in 1972. Short-sleeve red knit top with red/white/blue/tan stripped denim trousers. The only difference was that my sister's were slightly bell-bottomed. Talk about flashbacks, instantly!

Okay, fashion always comes back around. But people don't. We always hope for the best when we know we're going to see someone from our past. Well, we hope we do, anyway -- sometimes we can't help but hope that justice has been served and all those skinny people have filled out a little more. Or that all those girls who had the BEST hair, have an out-of-date 'do now. Petty thoughts, yes. :) But, in general, we hope that everyone has done well, and that they are healthy and happy.

This quotation reminded me of those class reunions. In another sense, I can relate to this quotation, differently. In so many of my thoughts about "going home," I'm actually reliving the times of riding my bicycle all over town with my younger brothers, or catching the baseball when they needed pitching practice. I wasn't a tomboy, but I enjoyed spending time with my younger brothers because they were sooo cute! I also remember having "school" in our backyard under the mulberry tree, where the classroom "desk" was a big swing. Those poor kids -- I gave them so many spelling tests!!!!!
In the same vein, the artwork in this is more childlike. Hope you can use it anyway!

Fond memories (if we allow them) overcome any bad ones you may have. Allow yourself to cherish the good times, past, present and future.

Blessings on your day,


Mags said...

Well - now isn't that the truth!
Thank you!
:) Mags

Maria said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Digital Scrapbooking Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 26 Jun [LA 03:18am, NY 05:18am, UK 10:18am, OZ 08:18pm]).

Sonel said...

The truth for sure hon! Love it! Thanks so much!

bru9562816 said...

I hear you! Never went back to a reunion, for me there is no turning back. I don't want to find out something to destroy the comfort of older times.

JKG said...

This one is too perfect. I went home again two yeears ago after a <50 year absence. The old home wasn't even standing any longer, but just being there was like going back in time. I haven't been so at peace in half a century! Thanks for a perfect piece of art.