People say about the past "you can't go back", but you know, sometimes you can! The last time I got together with my highschool friends was at the sad closing of our small village highschool in June, 2010. We gathered together for a walk down memory lane at the school then in the evening scarfed down a huge buffet dinner and boogied down to some retro music.
When I'm with my highschool friends we just pick up where we left off, even if it was 10 years or more since we last saw each other. We know each other's foibles, we remember each other's most embarrassing moments and we shared the best and worst times of our lives together. There's no point pretending you're someone you're not because you'll get called on it in a New York second. I love it because I get to be ME! There's something very honest and humbling about being with people who knew you when you were a rotten whiny kid with no redeeming qualities!! Thankfully, it works both ways!
Today we met up again in a restaurant in Burlington. We gathered from all points north, east, south and west and caught up with each other over a very long lunch:
I got sent to the principal's office on more than one occasion. One of my many pranks involved getting up on the window ledge behind the curtains at the back of the french classroom. The windows were the kind that wind open and closed - no screens. Back then I could slip UNDER a door I was so thin so getting out the window was no problem at all. The Dairy Bar was a short 5 minute walk so I would stroll on over, enjoy a maple walnut icecream cone, stroll back, climb through the window, peek through the curtains and slip back into my desk unbeknownst to the teacher. I NEVER got caught at that prank. Ahhhh, the good ol' days :)
After our great visit today we've decided to reserve this weekend every year as OUR weekend and instead of just gathering for lunch we're going to spend the weekend together. I'm going to get started right away planning a few pranks for my friends. If I didn't they'd be very disappointed!!
Scenes from the deck of the restaurant which is on Lake Ontario - it was a bit hazy today: