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Here’s a perfect moment from my week. I hope you’ll share yours, too.
I took a trip on the yellow brick road down memory lane this week.
I returned to my college town in Kansas for a class reunion. This sign above the bar gave me pause, because I realized that people not even born when we graduated can now legally drink alcohol.
Let me say a little about my college. It’s small — there were 104 in my graduating class, and just under 1000 students altogether. It’s tight — after so many years, we alums greeted each other with deep affection. It’s idyllic — I hold thousands of happy memories. SO many memories in only 4 years. And the college is inextricably entwined with the town.
The town has remained at a population of about 3500 over the decades. It’s a farming and artisan community — highly welcoming of the transient student population who are invited to retain a claim on the place.
Each odd-numbered year, the town hosts Svensk Hyllningsfest, a Swedish harvest festival that coincides with the college’s class reunions. The town has one flashing red light at the main intersection. No green or yellow is necessary — just red. And even that is shut off during Hyllningsfest, for the parade and for the Swedish Dancers.
The day before the actual festivities (which I enjoyed immensely — hello fellow Stuga-ites!), I spent time alone, wandering the town with my 80s playlist on, revisiting the scenes of past sins. Such as:
- with my roommate one night, moving a bench from City Hall and putting it in the middle of Main Street.
- with the same roommate, grabbing bread carts from behind the grocery store and racing each other in the parking lot.
- making out in the bandshell on my 19th birthday with Jim (“making out” is not a euphemism, mom — I truly did not mess around with Jim).
- my pattern of going after the same guy my friend Kathy liked. Three times, we figured.
- stealing a couple of dollars from the till at my summer job, just because I could.
- “going to Nebraska,” which was a euphemisms for, well, taking a trip of sorts.
- breaking a few hearts.
And the scene of past hurts:
- having my heart broken. More than once.
- being on the outside of girl groups. Or at least thinking I was.
- not being able to do the splits for my final drill-team routine. I was the only girl who wasn’t that limber. Fail.
- two car accidents that claimed the lives of friends.
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