That’s right…I decided to attend my 20th high school reunion which will take place on Saturday in Atlantic City, New Jersey where I grew up. I made the decision to attend a few weeks back though I am still a bit ambivalent about the whole thing. That said, I am sure I will have a great time and enjoy having the opportunity to catch up with old friends. I had a hell of a lot of fun in high school, plenty of friends, and very good teachers. My high school was one block from the beach and three blocks from the closest casino. Need I say more? [The photograph to the left is of me and my friend Gary Poetsch, which appeared in the yearbook in 1987. I don’t think I ever lost that smile.]
As much as I look forward to seeing those friends I wish I had an opportunity to talk with a few of my teachers. My English teacher, Mrs. Goldstein, took an interest in me even if I showed little interest in her class. The only books I read in high school were by Ayn Rand which influeced my thinking on just about every subject. Mrs. Goldstein was a rabid liberal, but she never dismissed me though on more than one occasion she admitted (in her usual pleasant manner) that I was one of the most obnoxious students ever to set foot in her class. I don’t doubt it for a second. I have no doubt that Mrs. Goldstein would be horrified to hear that I am now a high school teacher, though I would like to think that her facial expression would change after talking with me for a few minutes. There isn’t much left of that obnoxious – narrow minded young man. I would like to think that I bring just a bit of her passion for teaching and ideas to my own classes.
Even better I will get to spend Thanksgiving with my family, including my grandmother who is 94 yrs old and still going strong.