Thursday, July 28, 2011
Close to Nowhere
Old school reunion a “Blast from the Past!”
Memory lane is a popular place around here this week!
Saturday, my brother Dennis and I went to a kinda school reunion. Both of us went to Humes Jr. High School and our late sister Peggy and her husband Gene both graduated from Humes in 1964, when it still went all the way to 12th grade.
Quite a few of the guys remembered Pop (known then as Doyle) quite well. Although he didn’t go to Humes -- he was still from the old neighborhood!
It was so weird walking into a room full of “old” people (one of whom is your younger brother!). One of the guys sitting at a front table said, “Linda?” and I almost fainted.
David Wicker, former classmate and great friend, whom I hadn’t seen since ninth grade at least, recognized me!
I was totally amazed for a while then I realized David has an incredible memory. He really could remember everything!
His sister Lois was one of my sister’s good friends. Lois wasn’t there.
Jim Lacy, who organized our “reunion luncheon” had brought several years of Humes’ yearbooks. Most of the folks there Saturday were more of my sister’s generation, and they were all in the yearbooks. (Peggy was eight years older than I).
She used to have friends over and they’d play 45’s on her record player and dance in our living room. I always knew who was dating whom at the high school, so my friends and I could discuss them endlessly!
Another Peggy was also there. One of the “Rosebrough” (I’m guessing at the spelling) girls, it took us a bit, but eventually we figured out that she was Karen’s sister!
Karen and I used to lie in the grass on a hilly slope between our houses and eat kosher dill pickles and discuss everything in the world, especially our older sisters and their friends. Her sister Peggy and my sister Peggy were pretty close in age and were really interesting topics of conversation.
I’d watched Peggy’s daughter (whose name has left me) most of the time we were there Saturday, thinking how familiar she looked. She looked just like her mother, who looked just like Karen.
It was lots of fun talking about the old days, shopping in downtown Memphis, Tenn., and just remembering where we came from and who came with us.
It was a true “Blast from the Past!”
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