Mini Reunion

The alumni from my medical school is very good about meeting every year in some city of the US or Canada. I have gone to a few of them. Some of us have noticed that the alumni nowadays are younger and younger, and oldies like me feel rather out of place. That is not entirely true, but we do feel rather like white elephants.Β AND, it was getting too expensive for us to travel far and wide, pay a registration fee for attendance, pay for all the meals that the group was arranging, and pay for the entertainment that the young people were putting together. It felt more like a business deal than fun get together.
So last year we decided that we would have a group of oldies get together and relive old memories. Last year a friend in Kansas held the first meeting. And this year I held it here in Quincy IL. We were only a few of us. Just close friends, having a great time. They came from southern California, Atlanta Georgia, Kansas, Iowa and Illinois.

We had such a grand time of loving friendship, with laughter, and simple trips in and out of Quincy. A few stayed on for the whole week while others left after four days. I had prepared foods for a week ahead of their arrival, and had dinners at home. Took a river boat cruise on the Mississippi river, went to a couple of museums, saw old homes which are in the National Registry of Historic Homes, and mainly sat around just reminiscing and laughing and watching the flowers grow in my garden.

My children were so happy and excited for me. They went out of their way to make this event a memorable one for all of us. Sayeed my son made a fabulous dinner one night here of filet mignon, and potato bake and a grand salad and dessert. It was amazing. I am so blessed.

Needless to say I have been very busy the past couple of weeks. I am posting some pictures here of the two dinners and of my dear friends.

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About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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10 Responses to Mini Reunion

  1. slmret says:

    Well no wonder we haven’t seen you here for a while! It looks like you had a great time — cool but not rainy weather, great food, and your friends from school — what a wonderful week! But what a shame that the younger group has priced you out of the larger reunion — you lose some of the updates that are such fun to hear, and they lose the perspective of your experiences.

  2. mrswrangler says:

    Looks like a good time

  3. beowulf says:

    Wonderful idea to reduce the group size to those who are maybe closer to one’s heart. Fantastic cooking; mouth watering.

  4. murisopsis says:

    Everyone smiling and having fun! Your mini reunion was a success!! I hope you are a good tired and have been able to rest and recuperate!

  5. murisopsis says:

    Also the food looks amazing! I made Korma for the second time. I’m getting better at it!!

  6. Looks like a great time was had by all. The food looks amazing as well.

  7. krc says:

    wow medical school

    geniuses!

    love that chow layout and the flower display!

  8. whyzat says:

    Those are such good pictures of some happy people!

  9. I like the idea of having a smaller group who have similar interests. The food looks very delicious. I’m glad you and your fellow alumni had a great time.

  10. OH! What a wonderful time of love, laughter, and memories shared AND new-memories-made! πŸ™‚
    How sweet of Sayeed to make the beautiful delicious dinner! πŸ™‚
    I’m sitting here thinking about the hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people you all have helped in your careers! And that brought joy-tears to my eyes! Thank you, to you SweetDr.Z, and to all of your friends around the table! πŸ™‚
    I had to see two of my doctors recently and I gave them both hugs of thanks for all they do! πŸ™‚
    HUGS!!! πŸ™‚

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