It is absolutely unforgiveable that it has taken this long to write this. I’ve actually had it in my drafts folder for well over a month now and I’m finally getting around to re-reading and editing. Actually I pretty much scrapped what I wrote initially because it was such a downer.
So in my quest to accomplish 3 things each month (visit a new place, visit an old friend, and write something new other than a blog) I decided to head up to a mini-reunion of one of the two high schools in which I was allegedly educated, South Shore Christian School.
SSCS had been around for awhile and had gone up to 8th grade for several years. However, it was decided by the powers that be to extend the school up through high school with my ill-fated class. And I mean that quite literally. We were a textbook case of tragedy mixed with a series of unfortunate events caused by classmates, teachers, and the like. There were so many things wrong and so many things right. And it’s a testament to how tragedy does bind people together AND tear people apart if they let it.
Anyway, seeing people I hadn’t seen in nearly 20 years was really a huge thrill. In so many ways none of us changed and in so very many more ways we all did drastically. I feel like we all aged remarkably well with maybe a few extra pounds among us and different colored hair, but for the most part looking quite the same as our 16 year old selves. Which is really pretty amazing in itself.
I was touched by how easily people shared their lives, the ups and downs and the really really downs. And i think that we are all a bit closer knit than these 20 years have allowed us to be. Sure it’s partly the internet and facebook and all that crap. But really in the end, it’s about caring – actually truly deeply caring for what happens to each other and to know that no matter how far apart we are, someone is thinking of you and rooting for you. It makes all the difference.
I truly believe God gives us these gifts of friendships. Of all the bajillions in the world throughout all time, we have found each other. And in our usually haphazard ridiculous way we have somehow managed to learn how to love and hope and dream and support and encourage and matter. And every single one of my schoolmates matter to me. My life was and is so much fuller with them in it. Let’s do it again next year 🙂