This and That

Click below to see a 4 minute video of the July 19, 2018 tornado from Highland Acres Road....WOW!


Click below for a heartfelt video tribute to Marshalltown.  Kleenex please....

40th Reunion Fear of the Unknown Cindy George
I asked Cindy George if I could share her facebook post with the class.  She agreed and here it the words of many of us and the justification for our "No Excuses" motto this reunion. Written August 12 at 6:59 pm and posted to Facebook:  In Cindy's own words......

I decided to share my MHS profile, "what I've been doing since graduation".. i enjoy finding the humor in "lifes lessons". Thank you all again for "peer pressuring" me into attending the 2nd night 😉 ❤ , i had a great time!

The anniversary snuck past me so fast I didn’t even notice it! 40 years since I walked across the sweltering gymnasium of Marshalltown School.

While it doesn’t feel like 40 years have passed, when I think of that girl I once was I can hardly recognize myself. I was excited, but also scared and totally clueless (I was also apparently super skinny 18 year old)

In the past 40 years I’ve been a receptionist, been a paper pusher, bank teller, phone company programmer, sales, and legal assistant. I even had a chance to participate at schools as a para, but the bugs & germs scared me away.

I’ve fallen in and out of love multiple times, had my heart broken, made friends all over the world, gotten married, gotten my appendix removed. I’ve been to nearly 40 counties in the past years, but never got to walked the Great Wall of China or snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef.

It was more exciting for me to be a gramma of 10 grandkids, 3 granddogs, 2 grandcats, and a few kids that randomly enter my home who i have no clue who the hell they were or who they belong to, but what's one more right.

I'm currently playing the lotto in hopes to win, maybe share, and take a vacation outside of city limits. Life is short, laugh til your belly hurts and be kind.

It’s been a good 40 years. I wish I could go back and let past-me know that. I was pretty clueless back then, but here are a few things I’d like to think I’ve wisened up to over the years:

1. Life Happens, Just Go With It
I still look back on high school as the most stressful time of my life. My parents were wonderful, I was crazy busy and I was convinced that if I didn’t get into a really good college my life was basically over. So I got married and had kids first.

2. Heels are not Your (my) friend
There are actually entirely different heels now then 40 yrs ago. Apparently I had a lot.

I tottered around my high school graduation in high heels that I bought at JCPenny for $5. I thought they were so cool, but by the end of the day my feet were burning. This would be repeated many nights throughout my 20s, 30s, 40s, when I would end up walking home through the dirty streets barefoot, shoes in hand. I’m lucky I never got tetanus.

Some people are awesome at high heels, I’m not one of them. I know my limitations now and I’ve invested a lot of money in super cute flats over the years. My feet are so thankful.

Now in my 50s, my mouth has lost it filter, my butt waves at me as I walk the tredmill, I pedal on a bike that goes nowhere, my hairstylist is the only person who knows my real hair color, I need reading glasses but can't find them half the time unless I look in the mirror and see them on my head.

I've fought city hall and we are standing at a truce right now, I've wiped my parents behinds and now seeking life theraphy, play with grandkids that are taller than I am and smarter. 
I love yard work, hate the heat, swim in all my clothes vs skinny dippin', drink tea and wine, and most of all, I'm thankful I don't have to wear high heels anymore.

Thats how exciting my life has been the past 40 yrs and in my 50s thus so far. Looking forward to 60s. Life is short, laugh and be kind.