50th Reunion Message

I just read a FB post that Barbara Sterin made that I think sums up my feelings that I would like to share:

Sharing stories, laughter, tears, new & old memories. Can you go home again? I think you can ~ at least for a few days! SHS  Reunion

So many classmates had initial reservations about returning to Swampscott after 50 years.  After all, Life has changed us all.  We have all experienced great highs and perhaps horrific lows over so many years.  We have lived, loved, laughed and lost loved ones.  The memories of high school, not always pleasant, have faded; our hair has naturally grayed (no matter what our efforts to hide it); and we have changed shape (I think we are a good lookin’ group!)  But for the three days we spent together, celebrating each other at our reunion, we relaxed and let our guards down, simply enjoying reconnecting with old friends and connecting to classmates that we now call “new friends.”  How lucky are we!

The weather was spectacular as we first gathered on the upper deck at Mission on the Bay for our “meet and greet” icebreaker.  The ocean sparkled as a slight breeze kept us cool.  Off in the distance, beyond Nahant, the Boston skyline was prominent.  We spent time straining to see the enlarged print on name tags before committing to calling someone by name, and laughed about it. We smiled, hugged, and shared some of our life stories.  The time went by so quickly; it was over before we knew it!  And we didn’t want it to end!

Saturday arrived, and many of the now familiar faces from Friday night, along with new classmates, gathered at the Sheraton Four Points Wakefield for our cocktail/dinner party. We arranged memorabilia for display (thank you Roger, Doug and everyone who lent us items – they are on their way back), made our table arrangements (thank you Betsy and Kathie for adding your personal touch), marveled at our Travel Post indicating how far our classmates traveled to join us (thank you Sandy, and your friend, Paul Nash), and welcomed Charlie Kimball, Track Coach and History teacher, as our special guest.  Alice kept us organized at our registration table, with assistance from our committee members.  We enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and dessert, but mostly, we enjoyed each other.  After Ina welcomed the class,  Alan Lerner took over to bring us back to our high school days with his version of the “morning bulletin” he delivered while we were students.  We all laughed and smiled at comments that were made.  While we all acknowledged our many differences while in school, we nodded in agreement at all of our shared common experiences.  Once again, the evening ended, with hopes of meeting again in a couple of years to perhaps celebrate our 70th birthdays!  We all agreed, ten years was just too long to wait for another reunion now that we realized it was actually easy to come “home again.”

Sunday morning, those classmates still in the area, met at the gazebo at Linscott Park in Swampscott for a touching memorial to our deceased classmates.  Doug Cogger led us in a short program, and classmates were encouraged to remember lost friends.  The tears flowed as we remembered so many lost way too soon; but we laughed heartily as stories of the crazy antics of some were recounted that we all remembered.  We had a final informal coffee hour (thank you Dennis Coffey for the incredibly delicious Italian pastries you generously gifted us with) before parting, with promises to keep in touch after a wonderful reunion weekend.

For those of you who made the trip “home”, we are most grateful you decided to join us – it was a real pleasure to plan this reunion for you.  For those who were either unable to attend due to health or scheduling, we are so sorry you could not be with us, but you were in our thoughts.  And for those who had little interest in coming, we hope you enjoy looking at the photos and sharing a little in our 50th reunion events.  We look forward to including all of you in the future!

Best wishes for continued or renewed good health, happiness and joy to all of you!!

With warm regards,

Nancy, Ina, Sandy, Roger, Alice, Doug, Betsy, and Kathie ~ your 2018 Reunion Committee