By Tom Hyland
"Those were the days my Friend,
we thought they'd never end -
we'd sing and dance forever and a day,
we'd live the life we'd choose -
we'd fight and never lose,
Oh Yes! Those were the days!"
The Pic? ... Me as 'The Karate Kid' in 2007 ...
© - Tom Hyland - 10/15/10
MARY E. LACY - WELL DONE!
I received the AD notice of posting - 'The Class Reunion' (revised) - but when clicked, took me to your home page, had to open list of all Stories, and found this.
My story is a tad different - Turned 70 on 8/25/10 - Class of 1958 - 52 years ago! Ex-wife and I attended 25 year Re-union in 1983 - Was astonished at how many had aged so poorly - I was one of the FEW who looked pretty good still. I had won, but turned down the Maryland State Teachers Association Full Scholarship! DUMMY! But, at age 17, who wanted to be a Teacher? - and have an obligation to Teach in this State for 2 years after graduation? DUH!
Anyway, the fellow who was Second in line, and took it - Jimmy Lamar - was then the Current Principal of Dear Old Southern High! He still looked great! I wound up being the substitute MC all night, and HAD A BALL - ham that I am!
When I attended the 50 Year Re-union alone (Divorced after 34 years!) - was more Astonished - other than a 'Pot-Belly' I was in Great Shape! Some of those poor ole Codgers were using Walkers, in Wheel-chairs, carrying Oxygen, had had: various serious maladies - Open-Heart Surgery, Diabetes, Cancer - you name it!
I could still Dance! Still had Hair! Had finished College - was NOT Rich in Assets, but realized I was Rich - IN BLESSINGS!
As you stated, the Memorial Roster was quite lengthy now - and I thanked GOD for my Health! I had Fun - Met some New people, gabbed with old friends, and was GLAD I WENT!
Each day now, when my eyes open in the morning, I gratefully say: "Thank You God, for another Wonderful, Beautiful DAY!
Rain, Hail, Sleet, or Snow - do Not Matter! Yet another chance to experience LIFE! As the old Toyota commercial used to say:
" WOW! What a Feeling!"
Mary, thanks for Reminding me!
Ole TomKat - from Bawlmer, Merlyn!
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