A period of feeling pretty good and regaining some mobility after surgeries and accidents found me anxious to try my wings and I persuaded husband Walker that we should go to Pasadena for the BCS National Championship game where our alma mater, Auburn University, was one of the two teams in contention for the national title. It was a whim, and Walker probably would have preferred watching the game on TV, which he did yesterday while I caught up on some housekeeping chores, but I saw it as a last ditch effort to have a little fun, do something we both would enjoy, and it turned out to be a mini-reunion with some of our favorite college friends.
This event wasn't as well coordinated as my high school reunion, but it was absolutely delightful to reunite with old friends, share stories from our shared past, see how everybody is doing, and make new memories. Most of us are in a surprisingly good place for seventyish, and although dinner conversation did veer toward medical coverage and procedures a bit, we still found time to laugh at ourselves and look forward as much as back. There was a new wife to get to know and love, several spouses that didn't know each other, relationships that had been tethered by not much more than Christmas Cards or not at all, but underneath it all, we were still pretty much the same people we knew and loved back in the '60s. I probably smiled more in that forty eight hour period than I normally do in an entire month.
I'm getting more
used to stepping outside my comfort zone now, and am not nearly so anxious when I do, and the afterglow lasts and lasts. Our team didn't win...but we did! War Eagle!!!
For previous thoughts on a similar subject go to http://onlycasualobservations.blogspot.com/2011/07/i-been-searchin.html