SOLSC Day 14
It is interesting what people send in an email. I’ve received notices of upcoming events from friends. I have received invitations. I occasionally get a picture sent as an attachment.
The other day I received a picture from a friend. I can honestly say I was not prepared for what he sent. Here it is. Quality is not the best because it is 40+ years old.
Yes, that is me in the middle. This picture was taken in 1975 when I received my Masters/Reading Specialists degree from Bloomsburg College (now University) along with two of my friends, Jane and Audrey. I have known Jane, on the left, since undergraduate work at Penn State. I have known Audrey, on the right, since we both began working at an Intermediate Unit my first year of teaching. In fact, it is Audrey who introduced Kathy and me since she and Kathy worked at the same elementary school.
Comparing the me then to the me now I have to wonder how these two people are the same or even if they are. Physical changes are quite evident. Back then I had hair. Now it is thinning and more gray. Back then I had more energy. Now I move at a slower pace.
But what about on the inside? Am I still the same person? I hope not. My core values haven’t changed much but my view on the world and life in general has. I am not going to get into that now; maybe in a future post.
So, what has become of the three people in this photograph? Reading my blogs you pretty much know me. Audrey and Jane both married. I was a driver in Audrey’s wedding. Audrey invited Kathy and me to join her and Dennis, her husband, on the Cherry Blossom tour we will be taking in a few weeks.
Unfortunately, Jane’s husband has died several years ago. She volunteers two days a week in a local Catholic school helping out in the library.
Although there were many years when we lost track of each other we have now reconnected. In fact, Audrey, Jane, Kathy and I along with a few other friends meet once a month for lunch.
Although it is always nice to make new friends there is something to be said for old friends.