- On November 3, 2015
I wrote last week about learning fearlessness, as I reflected on re-connecting with the strong beautiful women from my high school class.
It was a heartwarming night of reverie and reminiscing. Health? School? Career? Home? Kids? Grandkids? (An observation: not much interest in who we married or what they do…)
Decades of change captured in 20 second sound bites. Regrettably, only time to scratch the surface.
“You haven’t changed a bit!” Intended sincerely as a compliment.
The laugh is still there, the broad smile, the twinkling eyes, maybe even the hair color. What really counts lies beneath the surface. We have been molded into indomitable women by the tricks and treats that the years have brought to us. How do we get to learn about that?
Maybe there should be an add-on event to the “Reunion”—the “Retrospective,” perhaps.
The Retrospective is an opportunity to connect on a deeper level, where we can inspire and be inspired by each other.
- What are your defining moments? Those moments of ‘aha’ and wonder that changes your life somehow.
- What is still to be experienced?
- What is still to be fulfilled?
- And how can we, the women with such a strongly forged mutual experience, support you in making it a reality?
- How can we weave those tenuous young bonds even tighter, to move forward with courage?
“You haven’t changed a bit!” Thank you for the compliment, but YES, I HAVE CHANGED! I’m not as good as I once was–I’m even better!
…One thing hasn’t changed– I can still shimmy it down to the ground–and get back up–while dancing to “Devil with the Blue Dress On,” our high school mascot theme song.
Photo credit: Jane Maliszewski as the IHA Blue Devil, 1975 Halcyon yearbook