Rather than wandering the streets all night, a friend I ran into earlier in the evening suggested a different approach. Find a spot and hang out and let people come to you! Right after that, it started raining, so I scooted into Brigid's Pub and did just that. I had the perfect spot, a corner booth with lots of room for people to come and go.
We did a good job of staying in touch during our college years, but slowly drifted apart. We have been Christmas card friends, and birthdays too, but have only seen each other a few times in the last busy years.
Her husband Joe is a sweetheart, in fact I spent a long time chatting with him (I always feel sorry for the spouses who attend the class reunions, and don't know many people and just smile and nod.) We had many discussions, and found we were like minded in everything from ideas on business to politics to raising kids. Here we are enjoying our table before the crowds descended:
Life is so interesting, we all get caught up with family and obligations and work and don't take the time to stay connected. Even though Bonnie lives just down the road, in Eagan, it is rare for us to get together. After our fun on Saturday, we pledged to change that.
I have a feeling there were a lot of those promises made throughout our town this past weekend. It is my hope that we all live up to them. And I am so glad I grew up in a town that gives people a chance to stay in touch and reconnect, every five years. A huge thank you to everyone who had a hand in organizing all of the events-it was a highlight of the summer, and will be talked about over dining room tables and on Facebook for weeks to come.