Summertime fun has finally arrived

It’s a good day when I wake up and see the sun shining. Yes, it’s been hot and rainy, but I’m not complaining. After the winter we have survived, I’m happy to herald in the summer season. It’s the season of warm weather activities. Swimming, grilling, walking, golfing, vacations, reunions and more.

Before we left for our annual family vacation, I sent in my reservation for our 40th high school class reunion. Our 1974 graduating class from Buckeye South High School in Tiltonsville was unique, because we did not attend all twelve grades together. As some of you may recall, the school was previously called Warren Consolidated High School, until they re-structured things and we then became Buckeye South, Buckeye North, Buckeye West and Buckeye East high schools. Today it is called Buckeye Local High School in Connerville (Rayland). The one and only class reunion I have attended was my 30th. Prior to that, I was always married to a person who would not “allow” me to go, with or without him. I had fun at my 30th reunion but could not remember some classmates’ names! That’s the sad product of only attending a year or two with these students. Anyway, I was looking forward to my 40th class reunion.

After we got back from vacation, however, I received an envelope from the class reunion committee. Thinking maybe admission tickets or something, I opened the envelope to find my money returned. Along with a note stating reunion cancelled due to lack of interest. WOW- if we can’t get together for a landmark 40th, will we ever meet again? Then I thought maybe the price of gas or airplane fare discouraged some from attending. Or, maybe it was empathy, plain and simple. Didn’t people care anymore?

My husband is older than I am but his class reunions are organized and executed like a well-oiled machine. I’ve never seen anything like it- held over a couple of days, the committee meets way ahead of time. His fellow graduates really look forward to these reunions. Maybe it’s the bonds that are formed when you attend all of your high school years with the same group of students. I’ll never know what that’s like.

On a lighter note, my husband and I took our entire family on our annual vacation. It is so nice and refreshing to be able to have a blended family where my two sons and Nick’s daughter all get along so great. Now they have their own little families coming too. We have six grandchildren, five of which are under 3 years old. I count myself privileged that our children and grandchildren actually want to spend time with us. I hope it never ends! It’s a great time to catch up with family members from out-of-town. I loved watching all the little ones interact. We’ve been doing this for a long time. Hopefully our children will continue this tradition for years to come.

You know, life is funny that way. It just keeps marching on- we can’t stop it even if we wanted to. If there are no class reunions in my future, so be it. I’ll remember the ones we’ve had. It is hard to believe that I’ve been out of school for 40 years anyway! And I will continue to encourage our growing family to spend quality time together. Like I said- life and time marches on. None of us knows when our time on earth is done and our name will be called up yonder! So get out and enjoy this beautiful summer season. Make wonderful memories that will help to keep you warm when the colder seasons inevitably come around!