Monday, July 5, 2010

I'm counting down...

...the days till I go to my high school reunion in Mission, Texas.

Oh, the memories in Mission....

I remember the Border Theater. It had one screen. It’s where I first saw my favorite movie, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, in 1965.
And it’s where I saw THE PLANET OF THE APES in 1968. I remember it because: a group of us went in with our popcorn and pop and sat down. The movie had just started when one of my friends, whose name will remain anonymous, leaned over and whispered in my ear, “You know, they’re really on earth and it’s way into the future.”

It's funny what you remember. (Well, how could I forget THAT?)

I think I'm getting over it, though.
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When we were in junior high our family got an electric blender. Wow. That meant we could hardly wait to get home from school everyday... to make milk shakes, with lots of ice cream!

Well, I don’t need to tell you what that meant when we got on the scales.

Fortunately, the summer between our freshman and sophomore year we decided to go on a self-improvement campaign. We dieted and started exercising, got contact lenses, and let our hair grow longer. On each count we needed each other’s accountability ... or we would have failed.

To this day, I can remember how I would go to bed and then think, “Oops, I forgot to do my sit-ups.” I would rush into the living room and do them. By the time I was a senior I was doing 100 every night, right before bedtime. (No wonder I had a hard time going to sleep.)
Too bad I left that motivation back in high school.
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I always say “we” when I talk about growing up. But I’ll be going to the reunion without my twin this year. When 20 years ago they had a big reunion I just couldn’t go. It was just the year after Peggy died. I was glad I lived in Kentucky, far away, so I had a good excuse.

What a difference 20 years makes.

I’m so ready now.

Time does that.

It heals the grief... and gets you more and more ready .... to go to your high school reunion!!!!
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On a not-too-different note, the other night Sam and I went to hear one of our favorite bands, SoulShake. They played lots of oldies... which made me think of years past... and, of course, Mission.
Here are just two pictures I took of SoulShake...

(That's Keith and Susan - who happened to be celebrating their 27th anniversary that night!)
(That was an appropriate way for them to celebrate... really.)

I'll let you know when SoulShake performs again. You won't want to miss it.
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More Mission Memories to come.....
(I know you're excited.)

1 comment:

Sara Elizabeth said...

I love reading your memories... It's hard to imagine being in a theater to see The Sound of Music when it opened.

It's one of my favourites. Oh, yes.

I like the blender story... and the idea of you running back into the living room to do sit ups... :)

I look forward to more stories... :)