I went to my class reunion this weekend, in Owasso, of course. It was a whirlwind trip that covered a host of emotions, experiences and amazement.
It is becoming jumbled so I am going to try to do this chronologically, I don’t know if I will succeed, we all know I am pretty scattered at times, but here goes.
Thursday evening was the drive to my favorite nephew’s home, in Claremore. I don’t even know if he can say he’s in Claremore because he is definitely in the country.
I had to wait until morning to see the countryside as I arrived after dark.
The greeting I received upon arrival was like a real homecoming. He and his wife were genuinely happy to see me, she even waited up to greet me. It was so great, they kept the baby up as well so I could get my baby loves! Loved that, he is so adorable! He is a really good genetic mix of the two of them, he has the best, most infectious smile. I truly loved spending time with all three of them.
Friday morning was catchup time with the favorite nephew, it has been way too long, phone calls are not the same.
Then it was time to go to Owasso, the place my heart lives, I started off with a trip to visit my parents and my son.
It has been way too long since I visited them, I was pleasantly surprised to find my brother there as well, I had been under the impression he was buried someplace else. Turns out he is next to our mom and dad, so I got to visit with him as well.
I love that cemetery, it is peaceful and hauntingly beautiful, the trees are perfect, the placement is perfect and I feel peace there. Before anyone says this is stupid, their souls are not there, I know that, I’m not stupid. However, I find it cathartic to talk to them in that place, therefore it is not stupid. We had a great talk, with me doing all of the talking, so, well, we all know I love doing the majority of the talking.
Next up was coffee and treat with my Best Friend, Tammi, we have been best friends since we were 13 years old. 13. Think about that.
We had the best time, coffee, small treat, talking, talking, talking, then the search for Owasso shirts. I have been literally dying for an Owasso Rams shirt for years. I didn’t want to order it online, I wanted to pick it out, try it on and buy it in Owasso. For me it didn’t count if it wasn’t purchased in Owasso.
I bought two, plus some OU slippers, it was a good day, oh and the socks! I found OU socks in Owasso! How great is that!
Followed by more shopping, more talking, more shopping, more talking, lunch, Mexican, of course. More shopping, talking, dinner, talking, more shopping, talking, dinner, talking. It was a great day. The best day in a really long time. The sightseeing, driving by old haunts, old houses and a tour of the city. Not to mention the impromptu photo shoot at the high school. So much fun was had by two Owasso girls.
The next day was the reunion, the reason for my visit, I have been looking forward to this day for what seems like an aeon.
I, of course, had to wear one of my Owasso Rams shirts and a mood necklace, yes, I said it, a mood necklace. It seemed to fit the mood of the day (see what I did there) and it’s cute.
I was suddenly nervous, I had not seen the majority of these people in 35 years, I knew most of them wouldn’t even know who I was. I also didn’t care, I just wanted to have fun and see everyone. Because I remember them, almost all of them, some I have zero memory of and it’s embarrassing, because of course, the ones I can’t remember, remember me.
I made sure Tammi was there to go in with, because that is what we do, it’s a girl thing, and a best friend thing.
First up was the name tag table, they had my name wrong, not blaming anyone, I am sure they got my name off of Facebook, where it says Angela, I asked if they had spare name tags so I could put my name on it. The woman at the table, sorry, I can’t remember who she was, graciously complied. She was very nice about the whole thing, which I appreciate.
So, with my Angie name tag, I was ready to face my classmates. I looked around the room and magically the years faded, we were all young, the boys all had full heads of hair and the girls were all unlined and slim. I haven’t hugged, smiled and laughed that much in years.
We caught up, we laughed, we met spouses and fell in love with a few spouses, ok one. I met my friend Randy’s wife and she is wonderful! Love her! Finding out we really don’t live that far away from each other was a bonus. I hope to see them before another reunion.
I was transported to a time when Foreigner was on the top 40 and we blasted Foreigner 4 on Pam’s stereo in her truck, down 169, singing at the top of our lungs.
I cannot say enough superlatives about the people who put this together. It was beyond fun for me, it was a homecoming with all that implies.
Owasso is more than just my hometown, it is the place I found myself, it was where I accepted myself in all my nerdy gloriousness. It was where I had real parents for the first time in my life, it is where I acquired my best friend for life. It was and will remain the most magical place on earth for me.