Nostalgia’s the perfect word to describe visits back east to Connecticut. This September was for the 60th Danbury High School reunion, and memory packed days with my sister, Marlene and her family in Bethel, CT. Other highlights of the trip; A short drive to Kent, CT to visit a family friend, Barrie, an author, herbalist and ethnobotanist, and her son Chris, and a longer trip to Grafton, MA to see our first cousin Fred and his wife Rachel.
Noteworthy, both states have tree-lined highways, tree-lined back roads, tree-lined babbling brooks, quiet ponds, and towering trees on personal property with singing birds, and flittering squirrels. A deer or two might even leisurely stroll by. That’s a stark difference to Southern California with scattered palm trees, and semi-arid Mediterranean climate and land.
After the reunion, which Marlene attended with me, we planned a luncheon with close high school girlfriends, Gay, Karlene, Sally, Rosemary, Maxine, Annie, and Carolyn. It was a small high school, everyone friends at some level. Marlene graduated one year before us, but we considered her just one of the girls.
Of course we talked about the reunion at the luncheon, how much fun it was seeing so many classmates since the 50th reunion that were still able to walk, talk, smile and laugh in spite of inevitable signs of aging. We marveled at ourselves among them. It was heartwarming to share our group’s high school memories, and life happenings since our mini-reunion last year. Our promise stands firm, we’ll meet every year no matter what!
Good friend Gay has the right idea to mark our yearly get-togethers. Raise your glasses everyone. Here’s to aging well and forever friendships.
50th (2007) & 60th (2017) DHS Reunion, The Mini-Reunion (2016) & Others