Monday, June 1, 2009

39 is Divine

The big event that I was working this weekend was Reunion weekend at my alma mater which is also my employer. It was also my 10th Reunion and even though I had very low expectations, I had a really great time catching up with some of my former classmates.

The most incredible part of the entire weekend, though, was meeting and chatting with two ladies from the class of 1939 who were back for their 70th college reunion. Let me say that again: 70th college reunion!

Neither are local. One had traveled--solo!--on the train from Philadelphia and the other came from North Carolina with her daughter. What an inspiration these ladies were. They were so happy to be here, so full of spirit and life. One of the ladies told me about her study abroad experience during her college days. She lived in Paris for a semester! That must have been in 1937 or 1938. Can you imagine? The other brought a souvenir from the 1939 World's Fair, held in New York, which she worked at right after graduation. I told them both that I looked forward to seeing them again in 5 years and both heartily agreed.

One part of the weekend was an alumnae association meeting and the board members were encouraging alumnae to join Facebook as a networking tool. I was sitting behind one of the '39ers and she turned to ask me, "What's Facebook?" I answered that it was a way to connect with other people on the computer. She told me she was currently getting tutored on the computer and that she would join Facebook. I told her that if she did, I'd be her friend!

Something tells me that Facebook is going to be on the top of her agenda in her next tutoring session. I can't wait to see her there and in another 5 years back at our alma mater. If I live that long, I pray that I am as full of vigor as my fellow alumnae from the divine Class of 1939!

Original post by Smiling Mama. Thanks for reading!


  1. Working at an Alumni Association as well, I agree - despite the long days, unpredictable events, frustration of planning, and sometimes cranky meet alumni who enjoy a love and commitment to their alma mater after many many years is inspiring and fun. It makes you realize how important those 4 short years of college really are!

  2. What a great story! I love that someone from the class of 1939 wanted to know about Facebook! Did you ask her to friend you when she gets on? :)


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