10 years.

we all know that the older you get, the faster it seems time goes by, but HOW can it have been 10 years since i graduated from high school?!  we had our 10 year reunion in tallahassee on saturday.  it was fantastic.  i was a nervous wreck before saturday (and saturday morning), but it was GREAT.  i guess we all figured out pretty quickly that none of us had really changed that much…that 10 years isn’t that long of a chance to really age.  it was so surreal to be around all this people that i spent so much time, so many years, with, but now they have these whole other lives and families attached to them.  i would look at them and feel like i knew exactly who they were, but then i’d start a conversation and remember that i knew NOTHING about this person…this “10 years later” person. 

there was quite a bit of laughing.  i think alot of it was nervous laughter…not fake, just reactionary.  you could tell everyone was enjoying each other.  when i heard someone laugh (unless it was a significant other), feelings of familiarity came rushing back…  i guess there are some things that we can’t change about ourselves even if we want to.

we had a picnic on saturday afternoon, where people could bring kids…  it was so great seeing everyone’s little families and how they interacted….seeing how the kids looked like their parents….looked like how i remember their parents when i sat behind them in 5th grade.  only a few “single” people showed up at the picnic…i was disappointed that more didn’t show (i wanted to show off my kid!), but i can see how it might be a little wierd…especially if you’re a single who wishes you weren’t.

that night there was a dinner.  we  had almost 40 graduates along with some of their dates, so maybe we had close to 80?  you could tell everyone was having so much fun just standing around talking…we had to be pushed and prodded to end conversations and actually eat.  that was  a first.  🙂  it was hard to force myself to talk to everyone…as much as i wanted to hug them and find out everything i could, i still felt super shy.  i would talk to someone for awhile and get comfortable in a little corner, and then look around the room and see a new face….and get nervous all over again.  🙂 

 having reunited with so many people i hadn’t seen in so long, it’s really made me sit back and think about how i’ve changed since the last time we were all together.  there was a “scrapbook” on a table on saturday night that had been at Project Graduation.  on each page was a name.  we were to find our name and write where we wanted to be in 10 years.  one of the mothers held onto that thing for all these years and her son (heath) brought it to the dinner.  it was really interesting to read where people wanted to be, and see where they actually are.  for many of us, our predictions have come true, and then some; but for some people, life is polar opposite than what they thought it would be.  i think some of those people have made wrong choices that have led them to a less than satisfactory life, but for others, i think they are doing exactly what God wants them to do and are happy in that.  i’m sure in another 10 years many of us will have learned why the Lord’s plans for us had to be different than our own.  [my prediction was something about being married to my best friend and having some kids and pursuing a career in _?_.]

all in all, a great weekend of introspection, thanksgiving, and warm fuzzies!  🙂


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