How did we get to the end of another year so fast? When I was a kid, it took forever from one year to another, especially my birthday and Christmas.
As I've grown older, I make it a habit of taking a look back at the end of each year, and 2011 sure was busy.
We had grandchildren graduate from high-school, college and law school; our daughter and son-in-law's 25th wedding anniversary and their daughter's wedding; our Colorado family home for a summer visit; trips to Pennsylvania, Maine, Colorado; and two trips to Georgia.
Especially nice was the thrill of reconnecting with some of the "kids" who were playmates and friends with my children when they were young.
During the summer, I was sitting on the deck when a woman ran by, dressed in running clothes. Suddenly, she stopped, waved and said, "Hi, it's been a long time!" It was Heidi Trombley, one of our daughter Carrie's best friends all through elementary school.
She sat on the deck with my husband and me, catching up on 30 years of news. We reminisced about Friday night sleepovers, when she'd fall asleep on the couch by 8 p.m., I'd carry her into bed, and the rest of the kids stayed up late. She was also up by 6 a.m., watching cartoons.
Heidi remembers drinking Orange Crush soda at our house every Friday night, eating popcorn and bowling the next day. She's married to her college sweetheart, has a son and daughter, lives in Florida and teaches kindergarten. She's still happy and bubbly, just like when she was young.
I have pictures of Heidi, Carrie and two Angelas (Angela Reid and Angela Towle) dressed up for Halloween — all princesses, of course. There was also Tina Farr, Audra Dufour, Tammy and Mandy Calloway and many others whose names I've forgotten (sorry!). I have re-connected with some on Facebook.