On the long drive home from our visit to our mom's homes in WA & OR I took a little nap & fantasized about writing an article on the 55er Club. As mentioned here, it was an important part of my childhood which I shared with my cousins. In my not-quite-asleep mode I realized that an article would require some quotes from the other cousins involved in our joint childhood experiences. This is something I dreaded a bit. I am not really close to any of them at this point in our lives. There are 4 of the original five 55er's still alive & I Facebook with one of them & only have seen the other two at weddings & funerals over the years. Not what you could call a real relationship anymore!
A few days after getting home I wrote a comment on my cousin's Facebook page asking what her favorite 55er Club memory was. She answered immediately & enthusiastically & suggested we have a party to celebrate 2010 as the year all of us turn 55! This was exactly what I was hoping would not happen! I love a party. I do! But I love a party with PEOPLE I KNOW!
I tried to get out of the idea as gently as I could, then finally told her that since the other cousins were basically strangers; a party did not sound fun to me. Guess what happened! The VERY NEXT DAY cousin number 3 sends me a FRIEND REQUEST on Facebook! Sneaky cousins!! So at this point the 3 of us are really having a great time sharing photos from our 55er Club camp out days & I have to say it has been great & a little weird.
It is an interesting experience to go back in time along with others who lived the same things but may see it from a different perspective. They each have different snapshots of our times on the "island" every summers end, both literally & figuratively. We are enjoying exchanging photos & memories. As I hear another version of my experiences it brings back more memories than I knew I knew. I really do not know where this will all lead.
I'll let you know as I go ok?