Reunion time is nigh for Everett Bulldogs Class of 1973
By Linda Albert | (email@example.com)
It’s been more than 40 years since I last walked the halls of Everett High School as a student. Forty years. How did that happen?
A lot has changed since 1973. All I have to do is look in the mirror and that’s all too evident. The dark brown hair is now highlighted with silver rather than those chestnut streaks that would appear after a day in the sun, a result, I suppose, of the red hair of my Scottish ancestress handed down subtly through the years. Extra flesh on the bones. A few wrinkles.
I’m more confident, though. More appreciative. Less judgemental. More independent, a by-product of becoming more and more dependent on God to meet my needs. Freer than I’ve ever been as I’ve learned that I can and I will survive the storms of life that come my way because God is there in the midst of them just as He has been before and will continue to be after.
Some things haven’t changed. I still would rather hear the music of the ’60s and ’70s, both rock and country, the rare times I listen to music at all. My children were listening to the Eagles at full blast when they were still strapped in car seats (in the 1980s) on our way to visit their Mamaw Braden, helping me belt out “Hotel California” or “Seven Bridges Road” or “Take It to the Limit.” They’ve long since outgrown car seats, but I still turn up the volume and sing along occasionally. Perhaps it’s time to pass that along to the grandchildren.
One must start music appreciation early, after all.
Isn’t it amazing how a trigger such as a song or an old photo or the memory of a specific event can transport you back in time? All it takes is for a former classmate to post a link to a song from our youth on Facebook, and I’m 16 or 17 or 18 again.
Everett High School Class of 1973 is going back in time on Sept. 28 — our 40-year reunion will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at Barley’s, 128 W. Broadway in downtown Maryville, in the building that once housed Roy’s Record Shop. We will have a private meeting room upstairs, and an elevator is available for access. The cost is $26 per person and includes appetizer, buffet pizza, salad, soft drinks and tea. Those who would like an adult beverage can visit the cash bar, and an outside balcony will be available for smokers.
As a special treat, several of our classmates are providing live music.
Debbie McKinney Spears is taking reservations for the shindig. Make out your checks to Debbie Spears and mail to her at P.O. Box 52186, Knoxville, TN 37950. She asks that reservations be made by Sept. 12, which is this coming Thursday.
I will confess that the first reunion I attended was our 35th in 2008. I went kicking and screaming, figuratively, of course, because several classmates involved in the planning would not take “no” for an answer. My thinking was, “If I haven’t seen you in 35 years, why would I want to see you now?” Well, here’s why, for those who have the same view of this reunion: I had an absolute blast. Reconnecting with old friends, making new friends of some folks I knew only casually in high school, staying in touch ever since — it’s been such a blessing. We keep up with each other on Facebook, cheer each other on, sympathize when losses happen, celebrate grandchildren and new relationships, use blackmail from the bygone days when appropriate and pray for each other in every circumstance. Several of us “girls” even meet monthly for a “Classy Ladies” night out, and some have been able to attend overnight trips full of girlie talk and activities.
Want to reconnect with the Bulldogs of 1973? There is a website for “Everett High School Class of 1973, Maryville, TN” at http://www.everett73.com , that is just for classmates. If you haven’t visited the site, have a look at it. There is also a Facebook page, EHS 73, that will have all the reunion information.
Linda Albert is Sunday Life editor and a staff writer for The Daily Times. You may contact her at 981-1168 or (firstname.lastname@example.org)