Fifty Years Ago

No, I wasn't born then. I graduated from high school. Cheers for the class of '61!

It's hard to believe that so many years have passed and so many pounds have found my body.
Those critters came and brought wrinkles and gray and white hair. I didn't invite any of those changes.

I wasn't able to attend all of the reunions my class had. I was working a lot of the Saturdays with my photographer husband.

Then my life changed and I was free and felt t was time to go back and see the girls I know way back when. I missed a reunion to attend RWA National one year.

Then a dear friend died and I knew I couldn't miss any more chances to connect and catch up. No, I wasn't looking for an old high school crush or boyfriend. I married the guy I met my senior year at my prom. We aren't together anymore, so he wasn't with me. Actually I had more fun since I didn't have to worry whether he was ready to leave early.

I enjoyed seeing everyone, even though I didn't recognize many at first.

I couldn't believe they knew me without my name tag. The pounds and wrinkles didn't make much difference. I colored the gray and white roots. That I could control.

I felt odd when I walked into the drive-in place where the teens hung out when they could drive or had money.I had neither and my dates were VERY few. Fincher's is so 50's and 60's with no speakers to order and no girls on skates. My parents ordered from the window, but it wasn't a drive thru window.

The place was packed when the old folks arrived for the Friday evening meeting. Macon was the hottest place in the state that night. It had to be. It was hot inside with the air and ceiling fans going and even hotter in the patio area with fans going. I already knew some folks from the reunion 2 years ago. In some ways time had melted away. I remembered wishing as a teen that I could hang out there with the popular kids or the ones with cars. Now that isn't important. We look good for older ladies, don't we?


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20 comments

  1. Judy // August 30, 2011 at 8:23 AM  

    Glad you had a good time, Mary! Reunions can be fun--meeting old friends, making new ones.

  2. Pamela Varnado // August 30, 2011 at 8:58 AM  

    Mary, thanks for sharing the moment with us. And I'm proud of you for promoting your books at the reunion. I'm sure a lot of women left the occasion feeling motivated by your vitality and self-confidence.

  3. Nightingale // August 30, 2011 at 9:38 AM  

    Sounds like you had a great time. I just attended my reunion too. Class of 66. I flew to SC and stayed with my aunt. We both graduated the same year. That's a long story!

  4. Mary Marvella // August 30, 2011 at 2:25 PM  

    So, true, Judy! I did make a new friend, in a way. Our class was large and there were girls I didn't get to know then.

  5. Mary Marvella // August 30, 2011 at 2:27 PM  

    Pam, I am learning to promote more! I hope I encouraged some of the girls go after long forgotten dreams.

  6. Mary Marvella // August 30, 2011 at 2:28 PM  

    Linda, I love a long story. Share. I want details about your reunion.

  7. Autumn Jordon // August 30, 2011 at 2:35 PM  

    There is no way you graduated 50 years ago. You look to young.

    Such fun meeting up with old friends, isn't it? I had the opportunity to see a couple of old friends a few weekends ago. We had a ball talking about fun times we had as children and as teenagers.

    The years went by too fast. Great advice not to let opportunities for laughter to slip by again.

    (((HUGS)))

  8. Mary Ricksen // August 30, 2011 at 6:05 PM  

    Well we know you look pretty darn good for an old lady! I have never been to a reunion. Wish I could someday. But, I don't even remember their names!
    Glad you had a good time and what Pam said double!!

  9. Scarlet Pumpernickel // August 30, 2011 at 7:29 PM  

    I've never attended a reunion. Never wanted to, those folks didn't like me when I was in school and I have no reason to believe that has changed. I'm glad you enjoyed you reunion. I would probably have enjoyed going with you to yours. Your classmates were probably nicer than mine! LOL

  10. Scarlet Pumpernickel // August 30, 2011 at 7:31 PM  

    Oh, yes and keep us posted on the impact this had on your sells. I might have to revise my opinion of reunions.

  11. Mary Marvella // August 30, 2011 at 7:47 PM  

    Mary R. I know your old classmates would love to see you. I had forgotten names, but was pleased when seeing them on name tags jogged my memory.

  12. Mary Marvella // August 30, 2011 at 7:48 PM  

    Scarlet, even the snobby cheerleaders were nice. Next time I'll take you with me. We can pretend they should know you. snort!

  13. Scarlet Pumpernickel // August 30, 2011 at 11:00 PM  

    MM, I like the way you think! That would be a hoot!

  14. Mary Marvella // August 31, 2011 at 12:22 AM  

    Evil Mary!

  15. Beth Trissel // August 31, 2011 at 7:45 AM  

    How wonderful MM. I loved this post. And yes, you do look very good for an old lady as you term yourself. :)

  16. Patrice // August 31, 2011 at 1:46 PM  

    Mary,
    It sound like you had a wonderful time reuniting with your old classmates and friends. I've never been to one, and as I moved around a lot, don't know if they ever had one! Good for you, going alone.

  17. Mary Marvella // August 31, 2011 at 7:34 PM  

    Thanks, Beth, I did have fun! Some of those folks looked pretty darned good, considering we have been "senior citizens" for more than a few years.

  18. Mary Marvella // August 31, 2011 at 7:36 PM  

    Hey, Patrice. Looks like you aren't the only one of our crew who moved a lot.

    Once I ditched the other half, I realized I am a whole person and not half of a couple. I can be myself now. (GRIN!)

  19. Barbara Monajem // September 1, 2011 at 7:49 AM  

    I'm glad you had fun, Mary. There are a few people I knew way back when that I would love to see. I wish my high school wasn't thousands of miles away...sort of. I don't know if I want to be back in that weird teenage world, even in memory, LOL.

  20. Josie // September 1, 2011 at 4:58 PM  

    Mary,
    I've only attended one high school reunion a few years back, and I remember thinking how old everyone looked. Imagine what they were thinking about me! Hah!

    You look fabulous, BTW.