A Weekend on Memory Lane

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Real Estate Agent with Evers & Company Real Estate, Inc. AB95346

In 1961, I graduated from Topeka High School, in a class with an amazing bunch of kids who grew into some pretty amazing adults.  And this past weekend, we held our Golden Reunion. 

It started off with a gathering Friday night, where we all decided that they should have much larger print on the name tags, which we really needed to help us recognize each other.  After hellos and hugs, we met up on Saturday morning for a tour of our old Alma Mater. 

It's always been a beautiful school, but now it is on the National Reguister of Historic Places, which has allowed them to obtain some graints for restorations.

I'd forgotten how great the library was.  It has the original furniture (it was restored by the inmates of a nearby prison in Hutchinson, Kansas) and the large working fireplace.  In the cafeteria, they replicated the original chandeliers with the help of local artisans.   And the beautiful auditorium had "new" carpet that was loomed to look like the original classic - replacing some really awful stuff that found it's way to the aisles in the 1970's. 

A group of us broke off from the main group to check out the band and orchestra rehearsal room, where so many of us spent hours learning lessons about music and life - and these lessons helped us be better at the many professions we wound up in.  But we were sort of disappointed that they had removed the risers and the seats along the side of the room where visitors could listen as we played. 

There was a dinner Saturday night and a Good By Breakfast this morning.  So finally by the time we were beginning to recognize old friends and sharing life stories, it was time to leave!

And as I start on the next leg of the road trip, I'm beginning to more fully appreciate the wonderful experience we all had in this place, and how the school and the faculty shaped so many of our lives.  So it's time to sign off for now.  Tomorrow, I'll write some more about some of the special friendships that grew over the past three days.  Meanwhile, for now, I'm exhausted.

 

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Jay Markanich
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That looks like a fabulous venue to learn in Pat!  And how wonderful to see so many friends.  I see why you made the trip.

I have my 40th reunion in a couple of weeks!  I have to travel all the way to Bethesda...

September 26, 2011 05:06 AM
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Patricia- it is so refreshing to see an older high school that has been more than just maintained.  This is an architectural beauty.  

September 26, 2011 06:21 AM
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Pat, what a journey back in time...i love your high school...mine has become the middle school years ago...it is wonderful to see all the changes and people...good for you.

September 26, 2011 06:49 AM
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Christine Smith
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Glad you had a great time Pat. Wishing you safe travels home.
September 26, 2011 07:01 AM
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Justin Dibbs
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How timely!  My 20th is October 15th but it's down at George in Georgetown at 7 PM on a Saturday night.  Can you say TRAFFIC and NO PARKING.  Not a great idea from the event planners.

Sounds like you had a good time!

September 26, 2011 09:39 AM
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Pat - Your high school is absolutely beautiful!!!  My last high school reunion was in 2005 (20th reunion) and it was the only one that I had ever attended and we had the MOST FUN EVER!!!  I'm hoping for a 30th reunion in 2015. 

Sounds like you are having an amazing trip!

September 26, 2011 03:20 PM
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Pat (Patty)

This must have been a blast for you. What a journey you have had, recently and over the years. But that's what life is all about.

Jeff

September 26, 2011 11:21 PM
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Leslie Ebersole
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What a beautiful building! Much more inspiring than an steel and glass box.

And on the other post: I have always liked the name Patricia. My Aunt Pat was also Patty, Trish, "T", and Patricia Ann (when she was little).

 

September 26, 2011 11:23 PM
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Are you SURE you graduated BEFORE I did from high school??? I graduated in 1966 and SERIOUSLY figured I was at least 10 YEARS older than you when we met!!!!!

September 27, 2011 10:12 AM
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Is it the genes, the food you eat or the DC air that does that???? Whatever it is, I want some!!!

September 27, 2011 10:12 AM
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40 year reunion. That really is worth a road trip, Love the school. If those walls could talk.

September 28, 2011 10:13 PM
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