Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.
I just spent a delightful 4 days with 7 of my high school girlfriends over the 4th of July holiday. You could call it a mini-class reunion. I highly recommended it!
It has been 39 years since we graduated from Shorewood High School. I have kept in touch with 6 of the old gang, be it just an annual Christmas letter for some, emails, phone calls, and the occasional lunch out for others.
We thought it was pretty good to get 8 of us together at one time. Two friends still live in Shorewood, the rest came from Green Bay, Rockford, Florida, Colorado, and Oregon. The time span between visits ranged from a few months to 39 years ago! It did not take us long to get reacquainted.
I happened to stumble onto one of our high school English teachers while looking at Franklinnow.com. There she was on the blogger list: Marjorie Pagel (Miss Johnson, then after she married, Mrs. Pagel to us.) I emailed her and she filled in a few blanks for some of the other English teachers at Shorewood.
In high school, we were not part of the popular group, nor did we really want to be. We were happy and secure in our friendships with each other. Literally, we were Sweet 16 and never been kissed. Believe it or not, only 1 out of our total group numbers (17 or so?) dated in high school!
Our current mini-reunion marital status is: 5 out of 8 still married to their first husband, 1 widow, 1 divorced, and 1 single. I think that statistic bucks the national average. Perhaps it was our early non-dating status that contributed to our marriage's longevity? (Those who favor courtship over dating would agree with that theory.)
For entertainment, mostly we talked, showed photos of family, looked at our old yearbooks, and did I mention we talked? Our hostess prepared cute little SHS emblemed journals for each of us to write in--just like we wrote in each other's yearbooks.
We did venture out of my friend's Shorewood home for a few outings and field trips. Thursday night we showed the out-of-towners the new Bay Shore and had dinner at Bravo on the patio (while listening to the free plaza concert--brr, it was cold!) The reaction to the New Bay Shore was not very positive.
Friday, lots of talking and getting caught up on everyone's lives. After a cookout, we went to Atwater Beach for their fireworks. The view was the only difference from our usual Elm Grove fireworks display--fireworks gatherings are rather universal I think. At Atwater, the viewers sit on top of a bluff and the fireworks are shot off from the lake shore below. It gives a different perspective.
Saturday, we went on a auto tour past everyone's childhood home in Shorewood, took a brief walk through the high school campus, and had a delightful lunch at a tearoom on Capitol Drive. After a trek to Cedarburg we returned to Shorewood for more catching up on everyone in our yearbooks.
On Sunday, we went out for breakfast before some had to head for the airport and home. After that, I took a nap!
I have not giggled that much in a long time, however, life's road is never all laughs. There have been tragedies too: the death of a husband, siblings, and parents, and serious illnesses for some of us or our children. It makes you realize how precious life is.
Good friends are precious too. The old saying, a friend in need is a friend indeed and the Girl Scout song, Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other gold. certainly hold true for me. Last summer, when I needed to sell my dad's Shorewood home, my 2 Shorewood friends pitched right in to help me hold the estate sale. They were there for me.
Although we may be of differing religions, political parties, and economic status, the same good, solid core beliefs that brought us together in grade school and high school are still there.
We are already talking about the next reunion...where should we meet?
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