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In the end the whole visit came together so simply it was as if we all lived in the same neighborhood instead of three different states.  The seed of the plan hatched, innocently enough, over a bottle of bourbon during a hurricane in Brooklyn last fall and took root even after the hangover had passed and the planes started flying again.  The last piece fell into place when, somewhere in Memphis, the sensible realization arose that a weekend in the mountains with our small tribe would be far more entertaining than a high school reunion.  

The four of us hadn't all been together at once since Stacy's wedding nine years ago, but the easy familiarity of old friends fell over us and we wove back and forth between college memories and filling in the blanks of the intervening years.  Our spouses fit in like of course you two married, it just makes so much sense, and look at us all here making sense together.  If it weren't for the hordes of short people who insisted on calling us Mom and Dad all weekend I could have imagined that little had changed.

Of course, a lot changes in 20 years.  But not, thankfully, our affection for each other.  I admire the lives my friends have built, the beautiful families they are nurturing, and the fact that they still make me smile so much my cheeks hurt, and the discovery that we can all laugh together when our children get caught in a mountain rainstorm and end up looking like this: 

Stacy, Lee, Brent, Dara, Will and Sarah, you guys are sick. And I love you.

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    I just love the way you people had your gettogether after many years. This picture depicts the real life of spending with your families and kids. It's truly a real life of enjoyment every one needs in their life time. The reuninon was just amazing.
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    I hope you had a great time after so many years with your friends and their family. This seems to me a great reunion to me than in school or college reunions. Children look very tired after a long day they enjoyed in those mountains. The rain water might have given ...

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Old friends, the mountains, a gang of little ones. Doesn't get any better than that. Although based on the expression on Ezra's face above, he might beg to differ.

July 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrenda

Awesome, just awesome!! I love those soaked and somewhat forlorn looking little rascals.

July 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher

mmmmmmmm yummy photos. right back at ya sister.

July 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterst

20 years? Well i guess you HAVE been able to buy your own beers for a while...

July 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKathleen

Sounds like a fantastic time, rain and all.

So very special..and so much better and more meaningful than an ordinary reunion. Love the kids in the rain!

August 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarcie

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