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Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 7:17 pm

As I write my column this week, I am in Pennsylvania visiting family and friends.  The weather is not as cool as I'd like but it is not humid and it is in the 70's.  The nights are a little cooler and sleeping with the windows open and the breeze blowing through is so wonderful.

   Of course, need I tell you about the Fall foliage?  The leaves turn more each day and the colors are breathtaking.  Yellow, orange, reds and every shade in between.  Every day I take a ride with my brother and his wife and just stare at the picture God paints with his natural paintbrush.

   One of the main reasons I traveled home this time was to attend my 45th high school reunion which was held at the country home of one of our classmates.  Years ago we decided that we would no longer have fancy sit down dinners but rather relaxed picnics where everyone could relax.  It was the best decision we have every made.

   Our reunion started at 1 pm this past Saturday.  About 40 classmates attended and what was fun is that there were many who had never attended a reunion and we were able to pick right back up from where we were years ago.  Many of us observed the fact that everyone talked to everyone else.  If only children nowadays knew that "clicks" will mean nothing later in life.  Sure we had clicks when I was in school but now we are adults who just appreciate seeing each other and catching up.  There were hugs, kisses and tears.

   On of my childhood friends who I had not seen since I moved away after high school attended the reunion.  Ann Turek Bilger and I were very close friends but we lost touch after high school when I moved to Florida and she married.  Recently we caught up on Facebook and that led to her attending the reunion.  Yes...there were tears.

   Ron and Lorraine Blickley, our hosts, have a huge bar in the basement of their home and a walk-out to a patio so it was perfect as the crowd just flowed inside and out.  Many of my cravings for Peeaye (how we call Pennsylvania) were satisfied at the class reunion.  Pierogies, halupkis and more were served.  Classmates brought appetizers and desserts as well.  Live music and DJ music filled the air but the chatter and laughter overpowered all.

   A fellow classmate, Debbie Meredith Delp played the Alma Mater and Class Song on her flute while I sang.  Deb did a sports trivia game while I did a game on classmates.  Things like, "What classmate's stitches burst open taking her SAT's?"  Prizes were given for different things and I won for traveling the furthest and for having the most grandchildren ( the prize was ear plugs).

   One of our classmates husbands, Herb Kropp, took pictures and we all gathered for a group picture as well.

   Reunions usually last a couple of hours.  I guess it is a sign of how much fun we had and what wonderful hosts we had as our crowd stayed well into the evening and some left around 10pm.

   As I write this on Monday, I spent the morning catching up with a favorite teacher, Ms. Yaremko at breakfast and had another favorite dish, SOS or creamed chipped beef.  SOS in the south is made with sausage but the creamed chipped beef is the best.  Tonight family and friends are coming over for hot dogs and sauerkraut..a Peeaye delicacy!  

   The rest of the week is planned as we are doing lunch at the train station with three cousins whom I haven't seen for years, driving through the Poconos, a trip to Amish Country, a visit to Byers Choice where they make handmade figurines including Christmas Carolers, a little shopping, and more.  

   If you are reading this on Friday the 13th, it's my birthday so it is even more fun to spend my birthday in Peeaye with family and friends.

   Before I know it, my time in my hometown will be over and I will have to head home.  I so enjoy my trips north and appreciate them.  Attending my class reunion made it even more special.  

   Going home...friends and family.  That's what it is all about.  Yes, we can always go home.

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