The following are pictures from this past weekend's reunion of the Norfolk Catholic Class of 1987. Hmmm....Good times! Great reconnecting! Conversations! Reminiscing! Stories! Some tears, a lot of giggling, and fair amount of family, marriage, and faith musings over a bit of flowing alcohol-- all part and parcel of our Catholic-Nebraska-Culture-Style-Homecoming, eh?!
According to Terry Heimes' RSVP spreadsheet report: 74% of our class was in attendance.
So, of the 33 who matriculated in May of 1987, there were 24 of us there! High Fives! And BIG UPS to the people responsible for bringing us back together. It was no small task to gather us in from as far away as Madrid, Spain! Gracias Terry and Mark! Kathy, I know you were part of this behind-the-scenes-work, by virtue of marriage, and presence during those Surprise Awards. Colleen: without your website work, (http://knights87.googlepages.com/) I dare say this reunion turn out would have fared closer to the 50% mark?! And Darin: what would we have drank without your tequila run from recent border crossings?
Enjoy this LIMITED Pictoral report of Friday and Saturday nights in Norfolk, Nebraska. At the bottom, find a prayer from Dutch Priest and Psychologist, Henri Nouwen that arrived in my email box as I came to post this. It's much more sober than the tone of most of these pictures, but offers a kind of contemplative close for all of us as we continue in our journey as graduates of this tiny Catholic school and community.
Friday night in Parish Hall:
Back Row, From Left to Right (pre-partnered names):
Mark Vrbka, Mitch Wallace, Darin Koch, Shaw Wattier
Middle: Kathy Sheets, Danetta Soukup, Suzann Stover, Ann Wullschleger, Tricia Sock, Erin Crowley, Anne Dostal, Melissa Borgmann
Front: Sonsoles Unzurrunzaga, Stephanie Leu
Ummm....a metaphor for NCHS, Class of '87 community?
Entrance Pix with Bally's and surprise arrival, Jeanne Pfiefer Guta.
(Big Thanks to Husband Chris for getting Jeanne back home!)
Shawn points out the Clinch-ster to Bobby in that all-class bus-shot (en route to having our all-class photo taken.)
Here, shaking hands with Mr. Matt (beau of Jennifer Tullis)
Prom King Shawn: Now and Then!
Cody married a hottie!
(Giving the peace sign next to his lovely bride, and our own hot Jen and Ann!)
Terry and Mark's table:
Can you identify the Norfolk Catholic alumni that became married couples?
Ann W. D. tells some tale.
Do you spot Clincher and the beautiful with-babe bride of Shawn, (Ms. Amy)?
Aghh! Apologies to Mark Quinn and wife Michelle! I think this is the only kinda-close photo I have of the two. And it's Michelle's back! Losiento Mucho...
hitched for (I think) 18 years.
Question: What happened to the Prize for being Single the Longest?!
Nofolk Country Club Patio Conversation. Lots of the day's golfers gathered.
(Chris and Missy Kay with backs to us.)
(It's the teacher/ artist/ public person in me, with the support of Amy and her sidewalk chalk! We can't be having people get lost on way to post-party Party!)
Mixing up Margaritas...
(Nebraska party culture borrows from many long-standing traditions,
honoring festivities and spirit of families we are all from...!?*&%$#@!)
Till the late-night, early morning departure....
A Lifelong Journey
Going home is a lifelong journey. There are always parts of ourselves that wander off in dissipation or get stuck in resentment. Before we know it we are lost in lustful fantasies or angry ruminations. Our night dreams and daydreams often remind us of our lostness.
Spiritual disciplines such as praying, fasting and caring are ways to help us return home. As we walk home we often realise how long the way is. But let us not be discouraged. Jesus walks with us and speaks to us on the road. When we listen carefully we discover that we are already home while on the way.