After waiting 5 years since my last high school reunion, when unfortunately my wife couldn’t make it due to being in California at the time, I was so glad that she and I could go out on a date to my 20th high school reunion.
My wife came to my 10th high school reunion back in 2009; we were still technically newlyweds at the time:
And because of that, many of my classmates got to know her pretty well.
For the day of my 20th high school reunion, my sister and her husband volunteered to watch our kids the whole day (and night) so that we could really make the most of it.
So we started the day off right by going down to The Spa in Rainsville; where we both got pedicures.
(Last month while we were on family vacation, my wife took me along for a pedicure and I admit- I didn’t hate it. So I was open to the idea of going back.)
My wife jokes that I have “Berenstain Bear” toenails. She’s pretty much right. I need all the help I can get with it comes to my toes.
But afterwards, to balance things out, we took the Jeep out on the mud trails.
Now that I have been really putting the 4 wheel drive capabilities to the test, I have been heavily considering dropping a few hundred dollars to purchase a winch to put on my bumper; giving me the ability to pull myself out of mud.
Our most recent excursion, this past weekend, got us stuck in a puddle that was higher than the tires. Even with the Jeep already being in 4 wheel drive, I didn’t have enough power to drive myself out.
The Jeep was noticeably tilting to my side. It wasn’t a crazy thought that we might turn over into the deeper-than-I-realized mud water; basically a mini-pond.
Fortunately, my dad was sitting right next to me in the passenger seat, and told me to try putting it in reverse.
At this point, I knew not even to look to my left out the window, knowing that the muddy water had to be pretty close to reaching the glass.
I prayed: “God, please help us get out of here!”
The Lord answered my desperate and humble prayer.
But for the rest of my life, I will always look back at this event as nothing short of miraculous. That story could have very easily ended much differently:
With the Jeep being stuck there, miles from civilization; easily being an all-day event to get pulled out.
Thank God, though- we were delivered from the pit and no permanent damage was done to my Jeep; which is our officially family vehicle that I take the kids to school in every day and the vehicle that we take out of town trips in.
My dad happens to be the real life version of MacGyver. He had to figure out how to reattach the front mud guard under the bumper. It was a complicated task, but he was able to restore it back to normal.
(I still need to clean up the mud that started oozing through the drain holes in the floor of my Jeep, though!)
So when it comes to taking my prized possession in to the unpredictable muddy trails, I’m pretty sure I officially got this out of my system.
I’m a person who truly lives without fear. I don’t get anxious or nervous, and I definitely don’t get scared.
But in that pivotal moment of being helplessly stuck worse than I had ever been before, I was terrified!
I think I am going to retire from driving back on those trails- and just to be safe, I think I will still purchase the winch anyway!
As for the high school reunion, it just couldn’t have gone better! It was so well planned and we had a really good turn out.
I was happy to see how many people remembered my wife. It almost felt like she actually graduated high school with the rest of us; it felt so natural. (She also graduated high school in 1999; just on the other side of the country in Sacramento.)
Catching up with friends who have known me my entire life was such a rewarding experience. It was funny, at one point when we had our class picture taken, we were directed:
“Just stand next to who you normally do in these pictures!”
Sure enough, it was the same guys as it was in high school and our other reunions. We make up the section, “Guys who are the same height as the tall girls, but guys who aren’t necessarily considered short.”
For me, I care so much about my high school class reunions, they are truly a highlight of my life every 5 years. I really love the group of people I was fortunate enough to grow up with in the 1980s and 1990s.
The next morning for lunch, my wife and I were reunited with our kids, who thoroughly enjoyed their slumber party with their cousins the night before.
After a hearty lunch at Fontana’s, we made the 3 hour drive back to Tennessee. Our daughter was asleep by the time we made it to the interstate.
This weekend was just perfect. It will remain one of the best memories of my life.
I was surrounded by people I love and care about and have known a very long time.
That is what makes life good.
If you haven’t gotten a chance to read my blog post about my 20th high school reunion this past weekend, here’s your chance again.