There, and back again


“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

Frodo Baggins quoting his uncle, Bilbo in J.R.R. Tolkien’s, The Lord of the Rings

English actor, Ian Holm, Bilbo in The Lord of the Rings and Old Bilbo in The Hobbit, was born on this day in 1931.

This past weekend I took a trip back in time to 1976 for my 40th high school reunion.

We were the “Spirit of ’76” and everything that year, and I do mean everything, related to the Bicentenial of the United States.

It was good to be back. It was good to be home. It was good to spend time with the people I grew up with.

We’ve all gone our separate ways, and we remembered those who are no longer with us…far too many.

But, I’m back now, looking forward to the 45th reunion. No, I’m not in a hurry to get there. But surely by then I’ll be retired from the day job and have at least one, if not more, books successfully published.

That’s the plan anyway.

Memories do strange things. We remember mostly the good stuff. But in reality I wouldn’t want to live through high school again. Maybe I’d like the hair color back, or the lack of joint pain. But really…no, let’s just not go there.

Life goes on. We’re the sum of our experiences. The sum of the people we’ve known.

I went back in time. It was good. We had a happy time.

There was laughter. There were hugs. And there were goodbyes until next time.

And there was no judgement. We were happy to be together…just the way we are.

Also born on this day, American singer-songwriter, Barry White (died 2003).


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