10

FALL IN LOVE WITH AS MANY THINGS AS POSSIBLE

I admit to being somewhat of a tee shirt junkie. But it's also my uniform. I should hang them in my closet on hangers, instead of folding them, and get rid of some of the St. John suits and jackets I'll probably never wear again. Letting go is hard for me. St. John has been replaced with tee shirts.

This one spoke to me, and if I'm not careful, I'll be buying everything in their online catalog. You know me already: 100 Koi, 60 Chickens. I'm a collector of things, not only stories.

So last night was so wonderful, attending my 50th high school reunion. Palo Alto was not the town it is today. It has grown, and in the maturing process, I'm glad to see some are still holding warmly like an old teddy, the roots that made it so magical. We were a collection of kids from differing backgrounds, able to come together and share our commonness, politely and with respect. Can you believe I never heard a word of politics? And we had a Congresswoman there! How refreshing!

They even warmly welcomed this smut author! What a treat for me. I actually had been a little apprehensive of it. Now I wonder why.

Funny how life's importance changes through the years. Not about what we do, but what we've experienced. What we've loved. We loved living here. We love being from here. I could live here again, but then, I say that every place I visit, don't I?

Do I regret there is no longer a way to have a little bungalow somewhere near downtown Palo Alto so I could dip into that familiar pool, have stimulating conversations and perhaps re-experience what a magical place it was growing up?

I regret my children didn't have this experience like I did. Maybe it was the year, the times, and a whole host of magical things converging to make it so. Maybe it was us. Maybe it was fate that so many leaders and great people came from this group. So many of us have changed people's lives, and still live to tell stories about the process and enjoy the prospects for a bright future.

I go home filled up. My tank being nourished from the completion of my last audio book, Band of Bachelors: Alex, and spending time with my best friend, J.D. Hart. Maybe it's from spending time with people who understand who I was then, and who I am now. (Not everything, but enough so that I feel appreciated). How special to reminisce about wearing 3 pairs of stockings we got for .33 each in those little blue boxes, so many that our garter belts sometimes flipped open when we walked down the hallways.

And like a true romance novelist, I want to know who they loved, what moved them, and what they are looking forward to. Not what is gone.

Life happens when we are making other plans. John Lennon is credited with this quote, and I think it's the wisest thing he's said.

If I could, would I move back? Or, would I take up another adventure, perhaps living on a beach in English Bay on Antigua where I'd have to take a motor ferry to get to my cottage? I think I'd choose the latter.

There is still so much for me to explore, but at the same time, it's so nice to feel like I've come home.

Yesterday was like that for me. What about you?

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 10 comments
julie beasley - June 26, 2016

Glad you had such a marvellous time. It's nice to see how time and age have taken toll on our bodies and minds

Reply
J.D. Hart - June 26, 2016

Thank you for sharing my princess. So glad that you had a wonderful time. I would choose the latter too!
xoxoxoxox,
YP

Reply
Judy - June 26, 2016

Happy to hear it turned out to be such a great weekend! Woohoo!

Reply
Karen Henderson - June 27, 2016

Glad you had a great time you deserve it

Reply
Bonnie Chappa - June 28, 2016

This weekend I rejoiced in being with, once again, that 14-year-old girl I knew and loved to hang around with…the radiant core of who and what you have become was already present then and shines through you today…so blessed and grateful we are reconnected at this awesome point in our lives~! Love you…B.

Reply
Sharon Hamilton - June 29, 2016

Awwww Bonnie. It was so wonderful to connect with you again. We are the same, aren't we? After all these years, and I still feel the same. You were so welcoming to me, as a new student at our Jr. High. And this is an awesome point in our lives, isn't it? I used to fear getting old. LOL. Now that I am old, it isn't so bad!! LOL. Let's keep the connection!!

Reply

Leave a Reply: