My 25th Class Reunion is coming up this year.
I've never gone and I have no desire to do so.
Why would I when the only "fond memories" were of beng bullied? I hated school. Why would I go to "have fun" and reminisce with people who taunted me?
I ran into an old classmate recently. She said she's gone every year and that I should go too. $60.00 to face the past? Alone?
She wasn't one of the taunters, she kept to herself and wasn't in the sphere or focus as I was.
Not that I ever sought that shit out, it followed me like static cling for six years.
Anyway, she never made it a point to say Hi to me and make nice, she was like a satellite - around , visible but untouchable. She now lives in the same town as I do, but rarely do we connect. This run-in was a unique event.
She informed me that one of our mutual classmates, Ann- whom I vaguely remember, had a stroke which affected one whole side of her body.
A STROKE? at 43??? Shocking! Scary.
This morning I received an email from a good friend I had made in 8th grade. She moved to Louisianna during 9th grade or so ( memory isn't what it used to be either ) but we've never lost touch. She has just informed me that theres a strong chance that she has CANCER!!!
The type and severity won't be known until July 31st. But we're the same age! This isn't supposed to happen, we're still YOUNG!
With these two revelations of people in my age bracket facing serious medical issues that I've always associated with "older" folk - think beyond retired - I'm faced with my own mortality.
I don't like it.
It means that I'm about to start down a road in life that is inevitable - getting old. Being labeled as OLD. Treated with less acceptance and discriminated against because I'm OLD.
Shit, when did this happen???
Regarding my dear friend, for her I ask for prayers.
She still has beautiful children at home, now is a single mom and she has not had the smoothest of lives. But, she is a survivor, a wonderul tough cookie that is now being dealt a cruel blow. Just when things in her life were looking up and filled with exciting possibilities, she gets hammered with this.
I know life isn't fair, but does that have to pertain to me and the people I love???
Please just take 30 seconds to zip a prayer for my friend, Mary.
I really would appreciate it. Thanks