Twenty Years Ago Today...memories by Joyce
...and clueless that our life was about to change...dramatically. Twenty years ago today John and I dressed for our last date before the arrival of child number two.
As a former senior class officer, John had spent the past year serving on the committee for his 10-year high school reunion. He discovered it's like planning a wedding, only instead of just having a bride, a mother and mother-in-law you're trying to please, you have a whole committee of women:). He was relieved the day was finally here, yet excited at the same time. With our due date just around the corner, I seriously hoped this was not the night my water decided to break.
The evening was great. John had a blast seeing old friends, catching up on former classmates, and introducing his pregnant wife to the crowd. It can be awkward to attend a reunion when you are the trailing spouse and the designated driver, yet I remember having so much fun. Lots of laughter, jokes and storytelling. We came home on cloud nine that night.
If I was writing this then, without twenty years of history, memories, and hindsight, I would simply tell you that we were so happy. We had a darling 18 month old son, a brand new four bedroom dream house we had just built, exciting and rewarding jobs, cash in the bank, a brand new car sitting next to a company car in the drive, and a multi-level deck and patio being installed in the backyard. Life was grand. Or so we thought...