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"I Should Have Started Much Earlier"

Have you ever had those conversations with yourself when you are in that negative self-talk discussion we all hate?

I'm having one of those today. You see I am departing for the airport momentarily for my high school reunion in the suburbs of Chicago. I've known about this event for many months. I've had time to plan, to reminisce, to lose 20 pounds, to learn once and for all how to put on make-up. I guess you could say "I've had all the time in the world", but guess what?

I didn't lose 20 pounds and I still don't know the right way to put on make-up. As far as the reminiscing, I have done that. I've been in an email group with 50+ members of my graduating class. We are a pretty unique group. We started the high school.

That's right. When the doors opened for this brand-new high school there were 220 of us to begin high school life as freshmen. For the next four years there were no students older than we. We added a new freshmen class each year, making us "seniors" for four years.

We developed a lot of traditions and learned along the way how to be high schoolers without the watchful and weary eyes of older students. About 160 of us graduated in the Premier Class and this weekend many of us, along with the other three Founding Four classes, will gather for three days to laugh, to cry and to remember.

Some very close friends are no longer alive to join us in this celebration and for that we will mourn. Others of us have gone to live all over the country and yet, we choose to make this journey to reconnect, re-create, and remember when we were all young.

For whatever reason, some folks from our class who stayed in the area are choosing not to attend. I cannot speak for them, nor pretend to understand why. High school reunions are not for everyone. Some people recall those years as a very painful time for them and so they want no remembering in person.

I, for one, can conjure some painful memories from high school as well. And yet, these are my roots, my beginnings, and my dearest, oldest friends. Since the members of my immediate family are no longer alive (except for my daughter) and I have only faraway cousins I can count on one hand, I attend these affairs as a way to connect with my past.

So I am off—could have gotten more organized months ago but, nevertheless, I am going-heavier than I wish, older than I would like, and still trying to figure out how to put on make-up!

Until Next Time…

Making Your Space a Special Place



posted on: 9/12/2008 12:30:00 PM by Sue Crum
category: Special Populations

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Organizing for Boomers

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Sue Crum knows and understands the life of a Baby Boomer all too well. Having served as the filling of an Oreo cookie for many years, she has reinvented herself in San Diego as the owner of The R.E.D. Team, Reinventing Everyday Designs, doing professional organizing, real estate staging, and interior redesign.

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