I chose the picture of Adam Sandler from The Wedding Singer because I believe that it epitomizes the decade of the 80s, stereotypically, better than any one image i could post. Perhaps you could find another one to rival it? If so, post the URL in a comment & we'll break-dance fight to see whose picture wins.
A few weeks ago, I received a notice that the 20th High School Reunion for the McQueen High School class of 1987 was officially on... for the weekend of August 10-12. Which just happened to fall on the weekend after when the Bean & I are flying to Frankfurt with a team to visit our sister church there. Bummer.
Some may wonder, "Why would you want to go to a reunion?" My oldest son is in that boat, esp. because 20 years is SUCH A LONG TIME.
Part of the reason I really didn't want to miss this one is that I was in Romania 10 years ago for the 1st reunion - I missed an opportunity to reconnect with some people that I wish I hadn't lost contact with. The 20 year provides just such an opportunity...
(Disclaimer: I have no Bryan Adams, "Summer of '69" "those were the best days of my life" delusions. High School was painful in some ways, but good in other ways - people ways. Friend ways. And I believe that God had me in that spot for a purpose & that 20 years later, part of the purpose may be discovered. Or, I may just get a chance to hang out with some old friends, & bring my wife into a part of my life that she has so far never been a part of. Moving to Carson City in 1987/88 meant losing touch with anyone who was still around in Reno - so by the time I was dating Joni, the people that had been in my life as friends were no longer there... remember, this was before wide-spread email, Al Gore's inventing the internet, & 'everybodies got cell-phones', which made it easy or easier to keep in touch & have a plethora of means to do so.
I have literally attempted to find, just short of stalking, friends by calling their old home phone #, the only # that I had for them, but to no avail... Bean never got to meet any of my friends or the people I hung out with - maybe 2 of them, but not to actually see & talk to them. But I digress...)
So, I wasn't going to be able to go to the reunion, though the Bean & I considered taking a later flight to Frankfurt so that I could go to the reunion. I prayed that God would work it out - believing that the desire in my heart to go to this reunion, for some reason, was a big one, & may have come from Him. If so, God, would you please make a way for it to happen?
Today, I got a note from the reunion coordinator - due to HAN (Hot August Nights!) the reunion had to be moved to the weekend of 8/3-5... dates that work just fine for me, thank you very much.