Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Back in the Old Neighborhood

Thanks to Milena Matic, a mini-version of my reunion wish came true.  A couple weeks ago, several members of Sacred Heart's class of 1980 and a couple of us from 1979 met at the Jovial Club in our old southside neighborhood.  It wasn't the full reunion of my clas that I have wanted for a long time, but it was a ton of fun.
Milena, a very talented artist, lives in the Pacific Northwest and was coming in for a visit.  She suggested a get-together of her classmates and mentioned it to me.  My old bud Tom was going to be there (his sister Karen was a classmate of Milena's), too.  I could not pass up the chance to see these old friends.
It was odd seeing Elida, Beatrice, Donna, Karen, Milena and Eva after all of these years.  It has been between 30-35 years since I have seen them.  They all looked great, too.
I had a great time mostly with Tom and his girlfriend.  We laughed over old times and told a lot of stories.  We always pick up right where we left off.  It is really awesome to be hanging with Tom so many years later.
I did catch up a bit with the ladies.  They are all beautiful, really funny women.  I talked the most to Karen (who I knew the best years ago) and she just cracked me up.
It's a shame we all have to grow up and move in so many directions.  I left the area in 1990 and I always wonder what would have happened had I stayed.  I often feel nostalgic for my old neighborhood.
New friends are great and I have been blessed with some really fantastic friends in my life, but there is always something special about the friends from youth.  There is a bond that will always be there, no matter how long and far we stray.
Thank you to Milena for organizing this event.  Thanks to the class of 1980 for including Tom and me.  It was a night I really enjoyed.
Sacred Heart Alums in Chicago, IL-November 2014.

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