This weekend turned out even better than I expected.
I had so much fun at the reunion and have so many emotions about it that it's hard to put them into words.
I decided to make a list of things I learned while there.
I feel like I've been wading through a flood of nostalgia and revelations over the past few days.
1. As we get older, everything seems to come full circle. That's what my feelings have done about "home." When I graduated from High School, my #1 goal was to get out of town. I was ready for big adventure and big cities and I vowed never to return to Anderson. I guess that's what happens to some people when they grow up in a very small town, they seek out the opposite. Now, when I return, all I feel is love and homesickness. I really miss the place. I drive by my old house, school, and hang-outs and reminisce about wonderful days gone by. I'm getting a little teary eyed just thinking about it.
2. Old friends from childhood are family. We grew up together, experienced so many things, and know each other's truest selves. We used to spend all day, every day together and thought nothing of it. We share some of our happiest memories in our lives. I haven't seen some of them in almost 20 years. That is just way too long. We have decided to plan a 25th reunion to prevent that from happening again!
3. If it all possible, try to stay in the town your kids were raised. I would give anything to be able to bring Baby Girl back to Anderson and visit on a regular basis. I grew up in an amazing house, on a farm. How wonderful would it be to let her sleep in my old room, walk down the lane to see the horses, and fish in the pond with her Poppy. We could visit with my old friends and their kids. It would have been so good for both of us.
4. Everything changes yet stays the same over 20 years. We all look different, yet nobody has really changed at all. We have all gone on with our lives, developed careers, gotten married, had kids, and experienced many successes and failures. Yet, we can pick up right where we left off and talk about that crazy time we had during the senior ski trip. We can also get down on the dance floor to Warren G's "Regulator" like we're 16 again. Anderson has grown so much. There are new shops, restaurants, neighborhoods, churches, and even roads. Yet, it's the same quaint little Southern town that I grew up in.
5. Everyone needs a pair of leather leggings. That's what I wore, along with my Clover Canyon blouse and Joie heels. It was perfect and I felt great about the way I looked. Those pants can transform you from a 38 year old mommy to a rock star in the time it takes to jump and wiggle your way into them. Truly. Get some. I received one of the best compliments ever that night. I was told that I had the "best presentation and was the best preserved." Well, put that on a plaque and hang it on the wall!
*My leggings are J Brand.
p.s. Why do I drink Baby Mama Juice? Because we stayed at the cutest bed and breakfast in old A-Town. It's right in the heart of historic Main Street where everything has been refurbished. If you ever need a place to stay in the tiny little town of Anderson South Carolina, stay at The Bleckley Inn.