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. 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.