Tuesday, September 23, 2014

5 Things I Learned At My 20 Year High School Reunion

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.  


  1. Best preserved and best presentation! I love it! Glad you had fun at your reunion. Looking good in your leather jeggins!

  2. I feel the exact same way about where I grew up. You can't wait to grow up and get out but then when you are out you realize what amazing roots you came from right?

    Talk about a fabulous compliment! You should definitely get that trademarked and on a logo tshirt immediately!

  3. aaawwww!! so sweet! I have learned these five lessons as well! Loved reading this.

  4. #3 makes me happy. i think half the reason i wanted to move back to MA is because of the nostalgia i have for new england. and #5 - heck yes!!!

  5. Ahhh I didn't make it to my 5 year...but my 10 year is just around the corner!

    I love the memories of my childhood! I know your Baby Girl will have the best-although different memories.


  6. Amy this was beautiful post and I so agree. I miss Charlotte alot but luckily I get to bring my kids there often to stay in the house i grew up in it is special! and my high school friends are still some of my best friends even if we go months without talking we just pick right back up!! Love your leather leggings!! Hot Mama!!

  7. I cried reading this. I wish I had still had my childhood home to go to as well. How I would love to take the boys. So lovely Amy I'm so glad you had a wonderful time!

  8. Best Preserved???!!! That is THE BEST compliment I have ever heard of! I hope I get told I've been preserving well! I feel the same way about my hometown in Idaho...rinky dink little place that I booked it as far as I could get away from until I was at the beach in SoCal. When I go back, I do sort of feel "left out" from the friends that have stayed there or nearby...because they are all superclose and I sort of left those relationships behind too, though we do seemingly start where we left off when I visit, which is nice. My "childhood home" is a lot different though now since my parents divorced a couple months after I moved to California...that is probably the only awkward part about being home. My dad still lives in that house, but with his new wife, so it's just not the familiar place it once was.

  9. Aw I love these! It’s always fun driving by your old stomping grounds and remembering all the good times.

  10. You all look amazing! It's always a little bittersweet to go 'home' and I definitely still mist up every time when I have to leave. PS Missed you last night, lady!

  11. LOVE this post. I grew up in Arden (in Asheville) and never see those high school friends. we all grew apart after college but when I reconnect with them via facebook or my blog it is like time never passed!

  12. I LOVE the leggings. That house you grew up in is gorgeous. I grew up on a farm in Wisconsin and my parents still live there. We visit often and I love seeing my kids experience the same things I did growing up. I wish I lived closer too! I'm 3 hours away. :-(

    You are well preserved gorgeous mama!

  13. im so glad you had a great time!! and i love the leggings :) xo jillian - cornflake dreams


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