20th High School Reunion–August 6, 2011–St. Joseph High School, Victoria, TX

Naturally, we all can’t believe it has been 20 years. Trite as it may be to say, it seems like yesterday that I was on the grass of the practice football field for the first time, freshman year, going through two-a-days; I can see it in my mind, and I can smell the grass and feel the morning dew absorbed in my shirt and shorts. And I remember the pain; there was nothing like it prior in my life. Not sure that is a good memory…but it seemed to resonate as one as I passed through this weekend celebration.
It was truly a pleasure seeing and talking with everyone–some I literally hadn’t seen in 20 years. It is wonderful for me to learn about the different paths each of our lives have taken–amazed to hear how we have grown individually–whom we have become. Growth is an amazing thing; personal growth. To think that I have become a sculptor and furniture maker, self employed handyman and home repair service provider, while–of all things–studying business in college. Where did the sculptor emerge from? Still single into my late 30’s but about to marry a highly ambitious woman from Colombia, S.A.–whose story is by far 3-4 times more interesting and amazing than mine. To think my life would have taken the twists and turns it has made–filled with varying degrees of success and struggle–since leaving STJ in 1991–I would never have imagined the possibilities. None of us would–in our own lives or in those with whom we graduated. This is the funny thing about life–in a good and bad way–you just never know. To hear about “WHO” we have all become–that was just amazing to me. That is the purpose of a reunion for me. I am filled up from the experience. I am grateful. Thanks to my fellow classmates who attended. To those that couldn’t make it, we will see you in the years to come. I look forward to hearing your stories.

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