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Hometown Happiness

Home is where we park it these days, but there is always something special about returning to your Hometown. This past weekend I flew back to Philly to attend my (almost) 50th high school reunion. (It was combined celebration – technically mine’s not until 2019, and I wouldn’t want you to think I’m any older than I actually am!)
Since it had been well over a year since we made it to the Doylestown area, this seemed like a great time to do some catching up with friends. Gary opted not to come (he went to a different HS so he wouldn’t know anyone and while I had a long list of girl friends I wanted to see, his list was a fair bit shorter) so I filled my 4 day weekend (and my heart) with as many visits as I could!
Of course I failed to get pictures of everyone I got to see 🙁 , but here are some of the highlights –
Jan and Janet (I was staying with Janet!)
dinner with my quilting ladies (where the restaurant manager finally bribed us with baked goods so we would leave!)
breakfast with my birthday buddies, Connie & Bonnie
and of course, the High School Reunion!
I hate to admit that this is the only picture I took that whole evening! It was quite a gala affair, and I confess to being a big overwhelmed trying to find folks that I knew well in high school but had sadly lost touch with over the years. It was wonderful evening – I’m so glad I went! I just wish I had gotten more contact information from the folks that I did have a chance to visit with. Next time, right?
The weekend came to a close much too quickly, but I’m so thankful that I made the trip.
But the fun continued even when I returned to Oklahoma!
Instead of Gary picking me up, the ladies on the project came to retrieve me and we had a lovely “Ladies’ Day Out”.
It was a beautiful day to wander around Oklahoma City,
and the fact that we made a stop at a cupcake shop should not be held against us.
Besides, it made for a very colorful group shot!
We also did our part to support the local OKC economy –

By the time I made it back to my dear husband, I was exhausted.
But oh-so-full of wonderful girlfriend vibes!!

On this first day of November, the “Gratitude Month”, I want to give a thankful shout-out to all my dear girlfriends who welcome me back to town (regardless of how long it’s been) with open arms and open hearts!

Try to remember…..

UMHSGirls 1969
Last night I joined 5 girlfriends from my graduating class of 1969. We weren’t all “best friends” in high school (though some were), but that didn’t seem to matter in the least as we gathered together to celebrate one of us turning 60. (Actually, we all will be turning (or have already turned) 60 this year, so for me it was an excuse to celebrate ALL of our milestone birthdays!) I can’t speak for all of the girls, but I know (with the possible exception of a 10 year reunion) I haven’t seen any of them since that day in June, 42 years ago.
So where are we today? Well…….
We’re married and widowed and divorced. We’re moms and grandmoms and career women. One of us is sacrificially, but joyously, raising her grandson. Several are lovingly caring for their aging parents, knowing that hard days may be ahead. We’ve fought our own personal demons and won many battles. Some we’re still fighting. We’ve made some good choices, and we’ve made some bad choices. We’ve grieved over love lost, and we’ve rejoiced over love found. We’ve worked hard, and played hard and loved well. And we’ve made our share of mistakes. We’ve lived all across this country (and some foreign ones as well) and are delighted to have found each other living close enough after all these years to gather together for times of celebration and to support each other through whatever the future will bring.
UMHS Girls 2
I was blessed to be part of the celebration! As one of us said – “the years just melted away”.
UMHS Girls silly
Now if we could just do something about those wrinkles! 🙂

Thank you, Gail, for getting the ball rolling. And thank you, dear newly-connected friends, for including this traveler as an honorary Floridian. Facebook might have been the vehicle used to start the connections, but it takes real live sweethearts like you all are to get it off the Internet and into our hearts. God Bless you all!