Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Skipping Down Memory Lane by Pat Simmons

Every month of the year holds some significance. For example, March is usually for the long anticipated school Spring Break, while limos are in demand for prom season during April. Then May is a time for celebration with college and high school graduations.

St. Louis is the home of at least five colleges and universities. Washington University in St. Louis, a prestigious institution, is considered as one of the Midwest’s top schools. Students have to be extremely smart or their families have the means to enroll. Washington University School of Medicine has a reputation for attracting the best, talented international students. Here’s a tidbit I pulled off their website—“For 24 years straight, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine have ranked among the nation's best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.” Impressive, huh? 

 So with saying that, my heart swelled with pride the other day when I was on the Wash U campus at the time crews were setting up for the ceremonies. For two days, graduations for different departments would take place in this courtyard. Then there was the excitement of students posing in their caps and gowns for pictures. I made sure to congratulate them on their achievements as I climbed the steps to the office I had to visit that day. I also silently prayed for their success in life and careers. 

Their energy reminded me of my high school and college graduations, and the reunions and memories I’d missed. 

So next week, on the second of June, I decided to reunite with ladies from my all girls’ high school for our –clearing my throat—year reunion. Next, I’ll pencil in my college reunion.
Here’s my senior high school...and college graduation pictures.

So walk down memory lane with me. How many class reunions have you attend? Share your memories.


Pat Simmons is celebrating ten years as a published author with more than thirty titles. She is a self-proclaimed genealogy sleuth who is passionate about researching her ancestors and then casting them in starring roles in her novels.
She is a three-time recipient of the Romance Slam Jam Emma Rodgers Award for Best Inspirational Romance Pat describes the evidence of the gift of the Holy Ghost as an amazing, unforgettable, life-altering experience.
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  1. Pat, how fun to have a reunion. Last summer I attended my 50th high school reunion. I can't believe where the years have gone. I also attended my 10-year and 45-year reunions. I haven't gone to any college reunions.

    1. You're doing better than me. I can't wait to see old classmates!

  2. Pat, lovely walk down memory lane. I haven't attended a class reunion in a while, but am thinking about attending a college reunion.

    1. Go for it. I attended one year so long ago. I need to stay on top of it.

  3. Reunions are wonderful, aren't they? My high school class has one every five years, so some of us have stayed pretty close. My college class has never had one. Should probably remedy that. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Pat, I love to take walks down memory lane. I went to my high school five year reunion MANY, MANY years ago. That was the last one I attended.

    1. Glad I'm not the only one who has problems with staying in touch. Big grin.