Archive for Thursday, July 31, 2008

80 years of living

July 31, 2008

On Saturday, July 26, I celebrated my 80th birthday. What a fascinating 80 years it has been. It was a busy and fun weekend, starting on Friday night with a group of Lansing High School graduates from the years 1945 through 1950. We all had a wonderful leisurely dinner together at a local restaurant, and it was nice and peaceful for us old folks. Then we went to the other side of the restaurant where the kids from the class of 1998 were celebrating being out of school ten years. Wow! When the loud music started, us old folks scattered real fast and headed for the peacefulness of home.

Then on Saturday night was the total LHS Alumni reunion with classes from 1938 to 2008 gathered in the same room. The oldest graduate there was Cecil Eyestone who lived on a farm north of Lansing. It was the country back then, now it consists of homes on the North East corner of Emily and North Second Street. Cecil told us he drove around town, just trying to find a familiar place and was amazed by the changes in our town.

These reunions are so neat. There were well over 150 folks there and after they sang Happy Birthday to me, they got at least 10 or 12 former cheerleaders up front to lead us in the Alma Mater and several of their favorite cheers. It was so much fun for me to visit with our daughter's classmates who graduated 35 years ago. Every year we see different people that are honored in five and ten year intervals. The fifty year class had the most in attendance.

On Sunday a big group of our friends and relatives came to my birthday party and it was so great seeing again a huge variety of ages including children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, new friends and old friends, gathered in one room. So many memories! Our kids had a Mickey Mouse theme because he and I were born the same year, 1928. Also I reminded them that Shirley Temple was three months older than me. I was about six when I first saw a Shirley Temple movie. The name of the movie was "Curly Top", and all my life I sang "Animal Crackers In My Soup". I entertained our kids by singing it while we were blowing up balloons and getting ready for the party. It's a wonderful life.

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