This past Saturday I had the opportunity to attend a breakfast with some of my classmates. Our 30th reunion was the same weekend and I was unable to attend the banquet, so the impromptu breakfast was a must.
Walking into the room, I saw the sweet faces of my friends. The girls greeted each other with squeals of delight. Thirty years disappeared into thin air, and the sweetness of youth reappeared among us. It was as if no time had passed. We may be more mature at this point, but these hearts have remained young.
The field was level, we were each successful in our own way and there is no place for haughtiness on level ground. The questions we all had for each other were how many children, any grandchildren, and where do you live? This is an extraordinary class that has ignored ordinary and embraced reaching higher. We were taught to overcome mundane and have climbed our own ladder yet we remain able to reach across to each other.
Looking around the room, I wanted to hold on to each moment, memorize each face, the sound of their voices and laughter to carry with me. A precious friend said it best when she stated that she was coming to this reunion to be with the people that she grew up with, that knew her and loved her anyway. It was true. We grew up and learned together and sometimes we taught each other. We have taken our own paths in life, yet we each basked in the company of the ones that knew us in a way that only we understood.
The breakfast quickly turned into lunch and it was time for the small crowd to disperse. My heart did not want to go back to reality, but remain with my classmates inhaling the sweet youth that had momentarily returned to each of us. The laughter once again flowed easily, as if no time had passed and we enjoyed the presence of childhood friends.
There were secrets shared with the laughter. Sorry they can’t be revealed here or anywhere. I will share a few tidbits: trying on different shoes, Duck Dynasty and a certain classmate needs to upgrade her phone. A secret is so much better when it comes with a smile and the familiarity that exists among friends. The extraordinary Class of 83 Bobcat heart beats stronger than ever.