Monday, August 24, 2009

Could Prince Charming Ever Be Bald?

I finally broke down this morning and sent some money to
Classmates because they kept sending me notices that I had more than a dozen signatures in my guest book. Now, I've been a "member" for a few years but because I never kicked in the $$$ to become a Gold member I never knew if those guest were long lost girlfriends.

Or worse old boy friends! Heck, maybe there was a long ago someone who has been pining over me for almost 45 years. Was it Tom? Dick? Harry? Wait... I never went out with Harry, my sister did. How about Bill, Rusty, Joey, Don, Emil, or any one of several Bobs?

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm perfectly happy with the boyfriend I married. The Geezer and I have been blissfully (they say ignorance is bliss -right?) married for 41 years. Not bad, of our circle of friends back in the day, only Peggy and Glenn and we have stayed married. Well, at least to each other.

But before Jim and I got together, [which by the way, never happened until we were in college, although we both attended St. Joseph's High School in North Adams, MA for 3 1/2 years], I didn't miss too many dances or movies. Most of our families did not encourage "going steady" so we "played the field" We all came from big families, so our friends all had brothers or, in a real pinch, our brothers had friends! ( I did go steady for two weeks- right up until the morning, at church, when he told me he was going to become a priest!)

But what if....?

Dreams of the Everyday Housewife
(which I am definitely not!)
(but thanks to Glenn Campbell anyway)

She looks in the mirror and stares at the wrinkles that weren't there yesterday
And thinks of the young man that she almost married
What would he think if he saw her this way?

She picks up her apron in little girl-fashion as something comes into her mind
Slowly starts dancing rememb'ring her girlhood
And all of the boys she had waiting in line

Oh, such are the dreams of the everyday housewife
You see ev'rywhere any time of the day
An everyday housewife who gave up the good life for ....

A better life!

So there I was, for the umpteenth time trying to talk myself out of sending in my money even though today I could save big bucks for a year because of a special deal. Suddenly, I got yet another mystery person signing my guest book. So I did it. I also signed up for my Grammar school Class from St. Mike's in Levittown just because I could.

Turned out that 5 of the hits were from the same two people. But then there were some from some others I barely remembered and one that I was really curious about. Only one was from a boy and I had no idea who he was!

So I spent this morning sending very general catch up letters, trying to avoid sounding like I was bragging but also trying not to sound as dull as I sometimes think of myself. Then I sent off a few feelers of my own to people I remembered but only a couple of them went to men. Neither of those were old boyfriends although one of them could have been if he'd ever glanced in my direction!

I was almost done when I came across one more person. I simply had to send him a quick note because in my storage box in California there is still a picture of him in my album. On the back it says "Love, Billy". We were in 3rd grade!

Now, the next thing that Classmates wants is a picture. I'm not so sure about that. After all, we girls all know there may be a few extra pounds or gray hairs these days, I'm not worried about that. If, however, the aforementioned Tom, Dick, Harry, no not Harry, Bill, Rusty, Joey, Don , Emil ,or any one of several Bobs is, in fact, still dreaming of me, would it be fair to destroy his fantasy?


See ya down the road,


spiritualastronomer said...

I'd send him the one of you and Jim in your 1880 clothes. That's a great picture. Let him wonder who in the heck that is.

Geezerguy said...

I'm glad it's been a better certainly has been for me. As for that other guy, leave him to his're stuck with me.

Word of the day...nonfiera: something that is not fiera in nature.

spiritualastronomer said...

He's got a good point!

Anonymous said...

Boring.....?? You.. I think not... Putting aside the fact that you are my mother in law, you are one of the most interesting people I have ever known. Your son takes the top of the list with that one but you are right there with him.

I found a few old friends through classmates recently and at least 2 people have signed my guestbook as well. I have yet to decide if I want to pay to see who they are.. You surely got me thinking now though... Hmmm

Anonymous said...

Maybe you could post a picture of yourself from high school. It may spur people's memories better and who knows, you may get in touch with someone you really would like to hear from.

Old Newsie said...

I've spent two years trying to get Classmates to stop automatically charging me $29.95 a year to put me in touch with people who went to school with me and who now are most all dead

Karen said...

I paid the $$ for Classmates, because I was also intrigued about who was signing my guest book. But, as it turns out, anyone can sign your guest book, whether they pay for the service or not. So, if you pay and try to contact anyone, they can not get your message unless they also pay. what a rip-off.

SO, I went to facebook instead. It is free, and there are MANY of my former classmates on there. It is such a better way to go.