Sunday, September 30, 2012

Old Friends

     Ron and I went to an Oktoberfest cookout last weekend, and we had a wonderful time.  I got to see some people that I had not seen in more than twenty years!  The guys have been getting together for lunch for about a year.  The wives are included occasionally, and it was great to see everyone.  These are my husband's grade school friends, and some couples double-dated when we were in college.  Where has the time gone?   It seems like only yesterday that we were going to each other's weddings, and now we are all getting ready to retire!  In a blink of an eye, there have been children, divorces, health issues, and careers.
      I am always amazed at how people's outlook seems to stay the same.  The way we viewed the world in the 1970's is still the way we are today.  The upbeat ones are still smiling, and the miserable ones are still complaining.  The jokers are still making everyone laugh, and the ones that loved to aggravate are poking fun at their friends.  Some are still having the same arguments about who got the group in trouble.  One of the dad's was the chief of detectives in town, and of course, these guys were hellions.  Today, they realize that they weren't fooling anyone.  It's hysterical to hear them rewrite the stories with better endings!
     The biggest adjustments though, have to do with maturity.  At some point they decided to drink less and try to eat healthy.  They do not take risks with safety, but think and act responsibly.  We grew up!   We all make mistakes in our youth, but hopefully we avoid  making bad decisions  that have dire consequences.
       In girl scouts we learned a song with a verse  "Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other is gold."   A few of the couples are planning to meet for dinner soon.  I'm sure it will be like old times... ...have a good week everyone....and the beat goes on....the beat goes on.........

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