This past weekend John and I drove out to the home of one of my high school friends in Winthrop Harbor, Illinois, located right on the border between Wisconsin and Illinois. Pat hosted a reunion picnic for several of our mutual high school friends, the first time in 40 years that I have seen these women—Pat, Linda, Debbie and Bev—and the first time I met their spouses or significant others. I don’t enjoy large crowds, so this was the perfect-sized gathering for all of us to get caught up on each other’s lives.
Even the men did some bonding over a shared interest in a Corvette, and we all took turns imagining we owned it.
Pat, who is a talented artist, gifted each one of her friends with one of her paintings, a wonderful way to share a little bit of herself.
Later in the evening, we enjoyed a fish fry with Pat at The Tropics located at Winthrop Harbor. Did you know the harbor is the largest marina on the Great Lakes? Before we left town Sunday morning, we also had breakfast with Pat and Jeff at Emily’s Pancake House.
You’d think that there could be problems picking up your friendships decades later, but it was the easiest thing in the world to reminisce, share family news and find things to laugh about. Next year, hopefully, we’ll repeat our get-together, possibly in Burlington, Wisconsin. Thanks, Pat and Jeff, for a lovely summer picnic!
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