The class of 1965 from Bridgewater High School in Bridgewater, South Dakota, recently held their 50th class reunion. Of the 32 persons who graduated that year, 23 people returned for this reunion. What a fun time it was to see classmates and catch up with old times.
Actually, I think we were (and, hopefully, are) a healthy and hearty group. (Only three members of our class are deceased.) Our outlook on life was positive and we did not have a sense of entitlement. We did not feel the world owed us a living. Our class obtained a very good education and, more importantly, we were good citizens.
We shared many memories including one of a spittoon (don’t ask!), tip money, unopened lockers, oversleeping on senior “skip day” … and many others.
Yes, we are a little bit more gray and have gained a few pounds. But the best comment I heard concerned the picture that was taken at the reunion was: “youngest looking 50 year class in history.” That may just be true!
For me, the reunion served as a sense of validation of who we were and are. This early generation of baby boomers (born in 1946 and 1947) has done very well. Thanks to the community of Bridgewater for providing us with the tools to succeed!