The class of 1958. This was their 54th class reunion. I wasn't there. As I have not been to one since my 10th reunion, in 1968. To add to that, I haven't been back to my home town since 1988, 24 years ago.
All of which may explain why I can only identify a few of the people in this photograph though I grew up with most of them in a very small town in isolated North Dakota. People change over the years and I have come to realize that if you're not keeping track of the changes through the years, you lose track of what the people now look like.
Who would have thought, for example that this handsome young guy from 1958 . . .
. . . would turn into this gray bearded old guy in 2012?
That guy in the upper left in the group picture was one of my best friends in high school and, amazingly, he hasn't changed hardly at all. Plus I've seen him a few times in recent years. He now makes a trip down to Arizona and Texas about every winter and stops for a cup of coffee with me. I remember seeing pictures from, I believe, the 50th reunion which featured a fashion show and he ended it by coming on stage in the same outfit he wore to our senior prom. It still fit him perfectly!
But most of the rest of us have put on weight, gotten gray or white haired or even bald. And of course a handful of my classmates aren't around anymore.
Time. It's a killer! Know what I mean?