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Memories Don't Stop

Updated on November 30, 2010

Has It Been That Long ?

When I was growing up I just wanted to finish school

I hung in there

Through the best and worst of times

I knew one thing was true

No matter who you were and where you came from

You had to go to school

Your friends and even your enemies were some how mixed together

The years passed and like everything else nothing lasts forever

We all went our separate ways

Life goes on

Our own families grew

Soon even the friends that you knew seemed gone out of the picture

Until the creation of facebook

You would never know what happened to who

So now some classmates made the effort to keep in touch

While others could give a damn

A reunion was set

A special one in the twenty seventh year

One that only the class of 1983 can say

They have broke tradition and did their own thing

Unfortunately only a small number of classmates could make it

Even though is was in a local paper and friends told friends

Some were busy

Others had plans

Some wouldn't have bothered to come anyway

Because they felt those days were over

They got burned too bad like a Thanksgiving turkey cooked well well done

My memories might not have been so good either

But time has a great way of making them disappear

Lost loves are like water under the bridge

Still too muddy and not to clear

I am not sure I remembered who was who

Time has taken its toll

We all are getting old

Thank God for our children who  keep us young

As long as college tuition doesn't bankrupt us first

I think I must have done to much drinking and drugs and smoked a lot of wacky weed

If it wasn't for name tags I would have been totally lost

I said hi and some knew me and I am still trying to place them

Other classmates I never met and now we got to know each other almost three decades later

Life is full of surprises and it never ceases to amaze me

I just know some friends could still dance

I never could

So some things never change

Some classmates were the life of the party and always will be

Even if others only knew me as the kid passing from class to class

Another student sitting way in back out of the teachers sight

Reminiscing was fun and my spelling still sucks after all these years

It is incredible how many things can become a blurr

I am glad those days are over and we are all older and maybe smarter now

Who cares we can't run to catch a pass to save our ass

Put on those old skates and go so fast or even shoot to make a basket

If your like me who is glad just to get up every morning

Thanking the stars or the Heavens above

With too many close calls with death

I can't count them all

Just to see a familiar face

A friendly smile, a hug, or a handshake will do

You are probably one of my classmates who don't even know me

I was the quiet one who never made honors classes

Failed French time after time and was to stupid to quit

Was lucky enough to play a sport and knows what it is like to come in last

Years later I am still struggling to make ends meet

Watching the years roll by

Looking at those who kept their beauty

I want to know their secrets

I walk a little slower and have ten times more pain when I get up

Lost a lot more hair than I care to mention

I have gained a few extra pounds and I couldn't hide it when I tried to squeeze into my old suit

Thanks God for belts and buttons that don't pop

I was one of the lucky ones

Because I have got the chance to share memories with my dearest friends who have done well

You never know what life has in store for us

But a few drinks at the bar seemed to be a cure of all evils

Until the next day when reality strikes and I have to go back to work

Thanks to all my classmates

I am proud to say I graduated from R.H.S. class of 83 !!!


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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      Eiddwen A simple life with simple pleasures is one that I still enjoy.Thanks for sharing the best and worst times of my life.

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      Eiddwen 7 years ago from Wales

      A great hub and one which many of us I'm sure could relate to.

      Thank you so much for sharing and as Nellieanna says , how many of them would bare their souls to the world. That takes courage and I for one am looking forward to reading so much more of your work.

      Take care.

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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      MFB111 I am so glad to see you.You are right again.Memories are always better than reality.Because we can make them better than they actually were.HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!

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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      Nellieanna I keep on trying to enjoy what I have and some how more things just keep popping up.Like those whack a moles in the amusement parks.I think if more classmates tried to write about our high school years we could have the largest collection of writings that could change the way reunions are thought about today.Maybe we could let bygones be bygones and learn to help each other out.Maybe all the years of school taught us life is to get along not just move along.Thanks as always for your nice words.

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      MFB III 7 years ago from United States

      There is so little union in a class reunion,

      cause there was so little union before,

      but we go back each year, till we see very clear

      that we don't know just what we came for.

      Great write...some things never change, age refines them,

      but they are what they are, thnakfully memories are always better then reality.~~~LOL~~~MFB III

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      I wonder how many of those classmates would have either the will or the know-how to write their memories so vividly and would even be willing to share a part of themselves with others as you have just done? Precious few, I'll bet!!!


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      DREAM ON 7 years ago

      Leni sands The years of school are etched forever in our minds.It was our only world for many years.The years helped shaped our thoughts and gave us a starting point.Then it was up to us to move on in any direction we felt would serve us best.Good luck to all.Thanks for enjoying a trip down memory lane.

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      Leni Sands 7 years ago from UK

      What a beautiful way to share those memories.