This past weekend, I returned to my small hometown in the middle of Nebraska and met with former classmates and friends from high school. We have been out of school long enough that we no longer try to impress each other with fancy cars, clothes and prestigious careers or opportunities. We are in the “glad to see you are still alive and kicking” stage. We have all had our ups and downs and no longer feel the need to discuss our achievements (unless you count getting out of bed in the morning) or status symbols (unless you count the number of surgeries or joint replacements).
This year I had the honor of coming up with the “awards.” Here is what was presented at our banquet.
– Marco Polo Award to the classmate who traveled the farthest to the reunion. A photo album with a map cover on it was given.
– The One-Step-Ahead-of-the-Law Award for living the most places since graduation – received “Change of Address” cards
– “Thank You for Your Service” Award to the classmates/spouses who served in the military – received American flags
– The Home is Where the Heart Is Award to the classmate who has lived in their current home the longest – received a Home Sweet Home plaque
– The “Go Forth and Multiply” Award for having the most children – received a little wooden sign that read “You can’t have too much fun!”
– “Greatest Legacy Award” for having the most grandchildren – received Washable Magic Markers.
– The “For Better or Worse” Award for being married the longest – received a lovely little white picture frame with doves on it.
– “Foot Loose and Fancy Free” Award for being single the longest – received “The Party Is Here” banner.
– The E-Award went to the person with the most electronic devices and social media signons (Facebook, Twitter, etc) – received a “Connect the Dots” game.
– The “Auld Lang Syne” Award went to several people. It was for attending the most reunions. -received their very own “Hello, My Name Is…” name tag.
–The “Six Million Dollar Bionic Person” Award went to the person with the most joint replacements – received a toy “reacher” and mechanical hand filled with candy.
– “The Doctor Is In” Award went to the person with the most surgical procedures in a lifetime – received a doctor’s kit.
– The “I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends”Award went to everyone who requires any assistive devices such as glasses, hearing aids, canes, pacemakers – all but three received this award, a pair of dark glasses, but no canes.
– The “Cheer, Cheer Award” went to the person who could remember all the words to the school – received a memory game.
The crowd enjoyed the awards and I enjoyed coming up with them. Fun times!