This weekend celebrated 30 YEARS since I graduated high school. Gulp! That’s many, many moons!
Because our sweet girls’ dean, who came our senior year, is retiring this year, they had a little get-together to honor her years of service. Other than that, I am sure I would not have attended. But Dean Janet was my second mom during a pivotal time in my life. She helped me, a shy teen, who struggled with some serious issues. She’s one of the good ones.
My old academy and college roommate invited me to stay with her over the weekend. I decided I would, then got cold feet before leaving home. We have not seen each other for twenty years, and have barely talked over these last years. Nothing intentions, just life traveling along different pathways.
What would we talk about? Would we even have anything to say! Two days, a couple hours in the car, and all that time loomed before me. Also–I hate making awkward chit-chat with people I barely remember. So…I was actually feeling very anxious and emotional about going. I didn’t *want to* but I’d committed.
Greg, of course had the obvious answer: “You don’t have to go, you know”, he told me. I already knew he was going to say that. It was a personal battle, and I knew I didn’t have to go. But a tiny little part of me wanted to brave it, to see if we’d reconnect, and I did want to see DJ.
I finally ended up on the road. Then, before I knew it, I was pulling up to Eve’s duplex. Gulp.
One look at her cheery face and I felt much better. One hour in Eve’s house, and I wondered what I’d fretted for. Sometime over the years, shy little Eve had blossomed into a very chatty lady, and I really just got to sit back and listen. She had plenty of interesting tales from her eventful life to tell me.
Sigh of relief!
The alumni weekend was a bit like I anticipated. Lots of people, not a lot from our class, but a small representation. We wandered around campus and marveled at how the kids have moved into the modern world, so different from our quiet little haven of yesteryear.
We also noted how the former staff must have been our ages or younger, when we’d attended. I saw them all as old back then. With chagrin, I realized that the teens today no doubt look at us the same way. Not such a warm, cozy thought.
Our best moments yesterday came from just hanging out with DJ (Dean Janet) in her office, and recounting some of the old memories. I found out I was basically clueless about many of the shenanigans going on back then. I was the senior hall RA, but lived my life quietly. I didn’t have a lot of drama, and I didn’t know everyone else’s drama. Either that, or I just forgot, which is a real possibility.
It’s good to reconnect.
No–it won’t be the same as before. Too much time and life moments change us into something way different from who we were before. I certainly hope so–who would want to stay the same as their teenage selves?
The struggles that we’ve gone though–and all of us have gone through many–they’ve made us into what we are now.
I enjoyed going back. But I did not want to stay.
It’s fun to see smiling faces and hear about where the roads have taken old friends. But at the end of the day, the only road I want to travel on is the one that leads me back home. Imperfect as it is, it’s where I belong. I know who lives there, and that’s where God led us.
Lord, help me to be always content to travel the road that you have planned for me.
Have a blessed day!
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Food Storage: Back to Basics 101