35th Reunion: Post Reunion comments
For those of you who attended Reunion, and those who wished they could have, here are a few of the comments that have already been coming back about the weekend. "As with most email 'threads', you may want to read this bottom up, rather than top down."From: Tom Ehrgood [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2008 1:10 PM
It's a special pleasure to see classmates at my new home base. I remember writing letters during my stint as class agent in the mid-80s speaking about drawing from our reservoir of love for this place. Five years back here has not begun to deplete my own reservoir. Looking forward to seeing you here in the years to come, at reunions or in between. Tom
Thanks for the thoughts, Dave. I second, or third or whatever, the emotion, and for this purpose I feel honored to be one of the stand-ins for those who couldn't make it this weekend. I have noticed the relative (for me) ease with which I can talk to almost everyone in this group, some of whom I haven't spoken to in years or even decades, about all kinds of things beyond merely exchanging pleasantries. I hadn't thought to apply the word "intimacy" to it as you've done. And I'm not sure I understand it, but it is there (I might have said it's palpable except that I long ago put that word on my list of Overused Words and Expressions to Avoid), and it's one of the elements that makes these events special for me.
From: Mark Gerchick [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sunday, June 01, 2008 11:30 PM
Dear Friends I came back to Psi U at 2.30 this afternoon after my last walk of exploration and nostalgia through the campus and everyone was gone. All that was left was a pile of expired reunion schedules, blank name tags and purple pens. As diasporas go, it was a minor one, but not without a reminiscent pang of what I felt 35 years ago when I left Amherst. Which is an indirect way of saying that I found the weekend memorable and intimate in a way I didn't expect, and for that I want to thank you all. I feel extremely lucky to have landed in Amherst long ago. (I can't even say I "found" it). I would like to say that to a lot of people, including many people who weren't there this weekend, but you will have to stand in for them. I carry you all in my heart. best