Lubbock in Kerrville, Lost Old People

It is almost 10 AM. Time to start getting ready for a Lubbock High ’55 event. Many people do not speak Lubbock. You must be from Lubbock to speak it. Where is it. It is where the sun sets, the sand storm ends and in the middle of the High Plains. That is West Texas for you that are not familiar with the area. It is the home of Texas Tech and Lubbock High School and some other lesser High Schools. Lubbock High was the only high school in 1955.

A Lubbock event is when one Lubbock High graduate gets together with another. This one is scheduled to have over 20 and is occurring in Kerrville, Texas. This is a small town on the Guadelupe River in the Hill Country of Central Texas. It is a normal Texas town, except that it may be the capital of children’s camps for there are over 20. Some have been operating for years and were the summer homes for many great people. Can not think of any, but a current vice presidential candidate’s wife may have been one. The camps are along the river and it’s many creeks and many have been around for over 100 years.

But back to the event. It occurred because everyone else who believes in Lubbock High, Class of 55 had already had monthly meetings around the state, quarterly meetings and other meetings and we old folks in Kerrville  had not even moved. We normally have an outing to a barbecue restaurant some where in the Hill Country, maybe twice a year. For some months we have been dormant or otherwise unable to come up with a reason to meet. This one may have been caused by shame, because we have not meet in months. Anyway, these meetings are necessary, for like groundhog day we keep reliving our high school experience. Over and over the same tales, with aging variations.  Of course we all get together to see who is still alive, and who is going to go next. Maybe, even a last goodby. This event was sparked when our communication’s specialist, Joni said she would be in the area. Then the Class President started to get together a lunch.

In June of 2013 we will have a mini class meeting to celebrate 68 years since we graduated. We could not wait till 2015 when it is our 70th. This may be because we all fear that the end is approaching and we want to get in that last class gathering this side of the pearly gates. The class as a whole voted to have meetings more often. Most of us are 75 years young, and are beginning to be less mobile. You know, canes and wheel chairs and scooters. I did notice that no one set up a golf event today. That was either unusual or was not publicized. We do have some really nice golf courses here in Kerrville and a few classmates still play. We also have world class polo and shooting for the Olympics here in Kerrville.

Well, it happened! The class met, talked, talked and talked some more. We did eat some lunch, but we still talked. Some just watched and others showed their class annuals and pictures. I saw a Cowhand dinner picture. The Cowhands were the middle of three football teams. The Westerners were the Senior team and the Pioneers were the last but not least team. I was a pioneer. Not a great football talent, but a gritty player.

Had to almost laugh when two of the class greats were trying to transfer some pictures with their iphones and did not have both the eye sight nor the dexterity of fingers to complete the job. Ah, what 75 years does to the physical being. We did do pictures of the guys, and then the girls. Only six of the class girls showed up. Guess the girls are too busy. I think the girls do not want anyone to know they are getting old. There were about 15 guys. All told, there were about 30 participants. The class president was there, and a cheer leader. Sad but none of the Crickets of Buddy Holly fame showed.  A couple of football players, not including me were there. I was a half miler. Close to 2 minutes. Later when I learned what physical shape was, I ran a half mile in combat boots in1:57 minutes and was second in a race around the Ulmer Cathedral in Ulm, Germany.

These were the kinds of comments about our passing life that were passed about. It is amazing what you can remember after 68 years. No one was late from being lost, so maybe we are not old lost people. Just the thought of putting Lubbock in Kerrville, is unreal. We found some new people who had moved to the area and are close by. They are even neighbors of some close friends. No one talked politics, though there were some hints dropped. The noise level was great, so no one used their hearing aids. That volume of noise would have driven one crazy. But it was fun, even after all those years. There were surprise member arrivals. Those who showed up though they had not said they would be there. There were some who did not make it.

We had more people come for just a lunch than some people have for their reunions or that they had graduate. The Class of ’55 of Lubbock High included Buddy Holly, the Crickets and many doctors, lawyers, preachers, contractors and educators. There are several writers and some high class musicians and music educators. The class has several bloggers. At this point in their lives many are advisers or on boards of corporations and funds.  They are at the point of traveling and having life end experiences. A few have even made bucket list trips, and are even planning to do more because their first trip was so enjoyable. Life is fun after 75, because you have reached the point you can do what ever you want and you can usually afford to do anything you want. Age does have its advantages. We even have a fund to make sure that those not so fortunate will be able to attend our 2013 reunion. It is also set up to protect names, so we are all equal at the reunion.

Our class president has a blog on Lubbock even though he lives here in Kerrville. It is available through the links on the right side of the page. He is one who is working on his bucket list, more than once. You are familiar with my blog, and I think there are more in the class who have activity specific blogs which do not include the class. Will keep looking for those blogging classmates. Several of us are historians and write of historical events and activities.

But what was this great lunch worth? Like the adds for Visa credit cards, the memories are priceless. The warmth of such a meeting can not be valued. One classmate came wearing a very heavy coat. It was totally out of place in 75 degree weather. Turns out another  classmate had left it last winter. Everyone had a good laugh. And such a lunch is a lot of good laughs. It has to be good for your health.

It is almost 5 PM. Some of us are home and many more are on the road back to homes more than 3 hours away. May the Lord protect them and get them home. Thus ends another Lubbock High ’55 event.

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