HOTEL JEFFERSON, ST. LOUIS, MO
CHECK the Wikipedia entry about the Hotel Jefferson, site of our Senior Party this night in 1965.
Where have those 56 years gone? That is the most frequent question I receive from our classmates. We are so fortunate that so many of us can make lengthy lists of our answers...kids, grands, travel - the biggest one we have in common in my experience, careers, military service - many successes in that arena, education - huge successes there, social activism - no surprise there given the time-frame in which we were coming of age, and yes sadnesses - loss of classmates way too soon, parents who lived such long lives and those who left us way too soon, but perhaps the most valuable as we continue to age is two-fold, good health for oh so many of us, and the lasting friendships. Just look at Facebook - how many of us are still in touch, and regularly at that, with those whom we have been friends nearly our total life spans. On the bulletin board above my desk there lives a framed photo from our 40th reunion's Robinson School group. There were 12 of us, 5 of whom I've chatted with in one form or another in the last week, 3 of whom are no longer with us and all of whom I have corresponded with in the past year. We were in grade school a LONG time ago...think about who you still communicate with; who you could still find if you wanted to chat; think about who you'd like to locate... in today's world there are so many ways to connect and reconnect - we are blessed by technology, likely far more than we are cursed by it, but some days in my world that is a toss-up!
WHODDA EVER THUNK 56 YEARS LATER I'D BE SITTING COMFORTABLY AT MY DESK, BIRDS CHIRPING LOUDLY OUT MY WINDOW, TV TELLING ME THE WORLD'S NEWS AND WRITING TO SO MANY OF MY LIFE-LONG FRIENDS OF ONE DEGREE OR ANOTHER? We are truly blessed.....
Yellow roses are the international flower of friendship and our class flower. May you have bouquets of yellow roses in your lives each and every day.