What a weekend! Friday morning Rollie and I flew to Chicago. We had come for my 50 year high school reunion from Senn High on the north side of the city. Our first stop was at Max and Bennies, a deli in Deerfield where we brunched with dear friends Ronnie and Fern. From there we checked in at the Westin hotel near O'hare airport and enjoyed real luxury.
Our first party was Friday dinner near the hotel where I started to recognize several people I hadn't seen in 50 years.It was very exciting. Most I didn't recognize. Those that I did showed their age. Overall, too many, mostly women showed very little vanity. I thought they wanted to look old.
Saterday was very special. After brunch we visited my younger brother. He's in a home, an ailing deaf double amputee. His attitude was great. He lives in half of a small room with a bed, a wheelchair, a desk and a TV. He eats in a dining room with other residents. His chances of ever leaving are nil.
Saturday evening was great, the major event of the reunion. Everyone had a badge with the photo from the 1962 yearbook. This helped me recognize many more people. The food, service and entertainment were top drawer. One of my highlights was reuniting with a lady I've known since we were toddlers. She lives in Phoenix, We played many summers in Lake Geneva, we dated several times, celebrated each other's weddings and newborns and have stayed in touch.
Sunday morning we had a wonderful brunch and a chance to say goodbye. See you in ten. What a weekend!