Thankfully, the advent of social media has made finding each other and getting the word out much easier. Even ten years ago, when we were reached by email rather than phone calls, we didn’t have the social presence we do today. Today the class of ’74 has an email distribution list, a blog, and a closed Facebook group. It’s been great looking through the group and reconnecting with my past.
I found Cheri, our classmate with whom I share both first and maiden names. She was the glamorous, popular one. I was the shy, nerdy one. For the record, we both grew up to be smart and beautiful.
I found Karen, who I’ve known since first grade. She was the first black person I ever met. I know – I was pretty sheltered. I didn’t meet my first Jewish person until I was 16. Karen and I were good friends throughout our school years.
I found Crystal, Dayle, and Michele – my singing buddies and fellow junior high entrepreneurs. We did everything from painting house numbers on curbs to washing windows at the drive in movie to holding a car wash (we pre-sold tickets) to earn our way to Summer Music Clinic at Utah State University. We had a great time, and I firmly resolved to attend USU.
I found Jeff. A small group of us spent a lot of time at his house, listening to classical music and the controversial Jesus Christ Superstar. This was my first exposure to classical music, and I am ever so grateful to have discovered it early enough to ensure a lifelong appreciation.
Paula found me. We hadn’t known each other well in school, but as adults we have much in common – not the least, we share a passion for improving the lives of women and girls. Marianne also found me, but not before I had connected with her best friend in high school in our first camp hosting assignment in 2012.
So many memories…some too personal for cyberspace. If I haven’t mentioned you by name, please don’t feel slighted. I didn’t want this post to be 30 pages long. Know that you, as well as those I’ve mentioned, are among the people who supported me, challenged me, nurtured me, and yes, forgave me. You are all a part of what I have become.