It's is 11:12 p.m. and though I should be in bed now, I am wired from the excitement of our grand day at The 230 Club and can't sleep. I am compelled to write and share some of the thoughts I had throughout the day and now. But before I continue, I absolutely MUST tip my hat in gratitude and with thanks to our 35th reunion team for the fantastic job they all did in making our 35th reunion a fabulous success! As an events logistics director at a NY Community College, I know how much time, effort and detailed work goes into planning events, just as I know how early the process must start to ensure its success. Today was an example of the stellar work our team made on our behalf for the past year! Joe, Lauri, Lori, Jackie, Ed and the many others that were involved in the process dedicated their time, energy and talents to make it a special day. I had a wonderful time and I can't thank them enough for all they did for our class. Kudos to all of you, along with big hugs. I am proud to call you my classmates and my friends. THANK YOU!
And finally, I don't know about all of you, but being with everyone has brought me "home" again in a way I can't adequately articulate at the moment. It was a kind of restorative elixir for me that I know I will savor throughout the year, just as I did last year after our first reunion. Reuniting and reconnecting with my classmates has further restored my memories of such a special time in my life, which has touched me enormously. There, standing with my camera in hand, I watched all of you and realized that our years at A&D forged an unbreakable bond that has withstood the test of time. In speaking with many of you I felt as if we picked up where we left off, which was amazing! (Trust that I do not say this about most of my former college classmates as there was no bond, save for the friendships I made there.) Despite the lack of a yearbook, the fact that many of us did not attend the prom or that we had our first reunion 34 years after the fact, the Class of 1973 is a special one. I am honored to be a part of it and of knowing all of you.
Thank you for being a part of my life, then and now.