Where Were You in…a Long, Long, Long Time Ago?

Here’s a picture of me in my new Spanx. They really do work.

One of those high school reunions ending in a zero was fast approaching, and no way was I close to my goal of losing ten pounds and getting a facelift.

 A classmate told me not to worry, that it was just “a bunch of old people,” but I do have my pride. So I bought a pair of Spanx. In case you’ve never watched Oprah, Spanx resemble what we called a “girdle” back in high school, a device I swore I’d never wear again after the invention of pantyhose. Then, a few years ago, I renounced pantyhose. So wearing Spanx would be a real devolution for me, though they promised to smooth out unwanted rolls, lumps, and whatnot.

I probably burned a few calories squeezing into them the week before the reunion and wearing them around the house for practice. But, in the end, I opted for the ability to breathe unassisted.

But to the reunion:

The Food: Since I still hoped to lose a few pounds, it was fine with me there was no dessert at Friday night’s $17 hotel dinner, but I did hear some grousing. At the next day’s luncheon, one woman eyed the red and white peppermint in our hamburger carton and drolly remarked, “Great, we got dessert this time.”

The Reading of the Dead: Good news for one classmate—as the reading of names began, someone pointed out that one person on the list was not only still alive, but was also eating his lunch at a nearby table. I think he stood up and someone congratulated him. The woman faced with the task of reading the names, obviously flustered, said in all seriousness, “If I call out your name, raise your hand.”

A REAL reunion story: I’ll call them Bob and Peggy Sue. Bob and Peggy Sue split up during high school. Seems Bob got another girl pregnant and did the honorable thing and married the girl without bothering to explain the situation to Peggy Sue. Peggy Sue—heartbroken—eventually married someone else. Then, after decades of marriage, Bob and Peggy Sue both divorced their respective partners.

Bob immediately began looking for Peggy Sue, found her, married her, and now both are living happily ever after. I told him he was lucky she took him back.

By the time I’d heard the same version of this story from each of them, I was missing my own husband and my dog, who were three hours away. Besides that, my hotel room was too hot, and the wind had whipped my hair into what looked like half-eaten cotton candy, so I cut out early and headed home.

As a result, I missed Elvis, who was set to perform that night, but since I’d seen him in concert years ago when he was alive, I’ll hang on to that memory.

I do regret missing out on the barbecue dinner, but I’m thinking of it as the equivalent of losing five pounds and avoiding Spanx again when the next reunion rolls around.



Filed under Abilene, dogs, fat, friends, High School Reunions, home, husbands

7 responses to “Where Were You in…a Long, Long, Long Time Ago?

  1. Kay Gray James

    I’m sorry you missed Elvis, He was quite good. I guessed who Bob and Peggy Sue were. Hope you will come to the mini-reunion next year.

  2. Hilarious, as usual. I’ve never tried Spanx but I really should. Maybe then I would only need to lose about 20 pounds, instead of the 30 I currently need to lose.

    • I’ve owned three pairs. The first were black. I never wore them. Gave them to my best friend, who probably never wore them. The second pair is the panty type that go to the knees. I’ve never worn them. The third pair is like the one in the photo of me (ha ha) above. Another shopper said she wore them to work EVERY DAY. I work up a sweat just gettng them on. Seriously. Someone suggested talcum powder. And no lotion. I may try them again when the weather is cooler. Or not.

      • Gwen

        No, your best friend never wore them. There is a scene is Alice’s Restaurant where an “older” woman is sitting on the lap of some young hunk. His hands are roaming while they kiss and that’s when he encounters her girdle. Quite a turn off…. made an impression on me even though I was young when I saw that. The details (and the movie title itself) may or may not be completely accurate….

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