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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Canandaigua Academy Class of 1969

Last week I attended the 40th High School Reunion of the Canandaigua Academy Class of 1969 which is the public high school for Canandaigua, New York in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The Academy was a private school back in the 19th century when Stephen Douglas attended. I guess Illinois wasn’t good enough for him.

The reunion was fun. There were about 320 in our graduating class and we had over seventy classmates return with their guests for the reunion. It was a simple affair. Drinks and dinner, and plenty of time to get reacquainted with folks who in some cases we hadn’t seen in forty years.

At the tenth reunion we talked about our marriages and new careers that were just beginning. By the 20th, the kids, whether they were babies or grade-schoolers or challenging teenagers, dominated the conversations.

At this reunion there was a lot less talk about work or children. There were some proud grandparents, of course, but mostly it seemed we spent our short time together trying to remember what it was like to be eighteen and heading out into the world for the first time.

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