The reunion was held at the conference center at Pipestem State Park, near the town of Athens. Just like here, the leaves were just starting to turn on the abundant hills of southern West Virginia. We did see at least 20 deer as we drove into the park, most of them feeding right out in the open.
The decade reunion is held about every three years, and Bonnie has gone to three of them, although she hasn’t been back for a Class of 1961 get-together since their 25th. But she had a grand time. And I even managed to chat with some people I’d never seen before.
It’s that way, of course. People grow up, go through life’s experiences and figure out their high school cliques weren’t all that much. Then they come back together and backslap as if they had always been one big happy family.
Jim Bailey’s column appears on Thursday. He can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.