Spring Is Here and I Am…
Posted by Caren Crane Apr 7 2013, 12:29 am
…full of energy? Ready to get outside and do some yard work? Feeling the old sap rising?? Um…not so much. Not yet, anyway. I can feel that time will come, maybe in May. But right now, it’s early April and I am still not over the “springing forward” time change to Daylight Savings Time. Ugh!
It will still be spring in June, however, when I can look forward to seeing a bunch of people I haven’t seen in at least 10 years. Ten years ago, my high school in Nashville (not the one I graduated from, but the one I attended until second semester of my junior year and where I actually knew everyone) had our 20-year high school reunion. This June will be our 30-year reunion. Thirty years, people! Believe me, I feel every one of them, too! (That is our mascot, the Stratford Spartan on the left.)
It was not by any plan or design, but by merest happenstance, that I even knew about the 20-year reunion. We didn’t have Facebook 10 years ago, so the organizers relied heavily on people knowing people and having kept up with them. I happened to be in e-mail contact with my friend Nikki (who actually guested with us once about her ghost-hunting activities!), who told me about the reunion. She helped me get registered, I made a reservation, then drove the 9 hours to Nashville. Again, purely by chance I happened to have lost about 30 pounds in the 2 years prior to this reunion. I had actually become a little too thin (and yes, there is such a thing) and was looking a bit gaunt (despite my hindquarters, which only get down to a certain size – large). Anyway, I looked fairly amazing at the 20-year reunion and even had an old friend try to slip me his room key. Eeew! (To the right is the new “academic pride” logo the school system sports for each high school. This one, for Stratford, is in our school colors, orange and black. Which looks amazing on football uniforms and nowhere else.)
So here we are, 10 years later, and I have managed to gain back that 30 pounds. Plus another 10. Fun! And in 2-1/2 weeks I will be with much of my mother’s side of the family (again, in Tennessee) for a memorial service for my little grandmother. When she died in early February, we thought we would wait until the roads were clear and the old people (Grandmama’s nieces and nephews and cousins and friends) could get to the service. At this service will be my same-age first cousin, who is a gorgeous woman. She has one child, a boy who is 7. Yes, friends, SEVEN. What’s that? Why yes, I do have a son. How old is he? He will, by the time the service rolls around, be 27. That would be 20 YEARS OLDER than my cousin’s one-and-only. Needless to say, she invested those 20 childless years taking care of herself. Even after having a child at 40, she looks amazing! (Okay, that is not my gorgeous cousin, but Marisa Tomei who was in My Cousin Vinny. My cousin lives on Long Island and works in Manhattan, though, so it’s practically the same thing. She is just as gorgeous as Marisa!)
This has been incentive to me to seriously pursue exercising and watching every mouthful of food. So far, three weeks in, my body is ignoring the fact that I have consistently walked and jogged more than 5 miles a day and eaten enough vegetation to reforest a small Latin American country. Have I lost weight? Maybe a pound or two. Do I feel better? No. My knees and hips ache every morning and evening (and often in between). Do I have more energy? PLEASE! I was ready to go to bed at 7:15 tonight, but made myself stay up because my husband wasn’t home from work yet and I needed to write this post. In short, it’s spring and I am FAT, SORE and TIRED. When I see my family in a couple of weeks, I will be in the same shape, but at least they love me no matter how I look. Being with them and remembering my grandmother (in all her persnickety glory) will be a blessing all its own. (I still look quite a bit like Rubens’ “Venus At Mirror”, no matter how much I cross-train!)
I am hoping by June, though, I may be less fat, less sore and less tired. And I will be thrilled to see my old friends, some of whom I have known since kindergarten. Some I knew before kindergarten from our neighborhood! They, from Facebook evidence, are mostly fatter, achier and more tired than they were 10 years ago, too. It should be a great time and lots of fun. This year, I probably won’t have to worry about men trying to slip me room keys – which, frankly, will be a relief. Meanwhile, I’m going to go sleep for 10 hours and hope my left hip is in better shape tomorrow. And maybe the Fat Fairies will come and magically whisk away the 5 pounds I should have lost by now!
So has the change of season been good to you? Has the coming of spring or autumn caused you to set new goals for yourself? Any high school reunion horror stories to share? Am I the only one struggling against the uphill Battle Of the Bulge? Come now, it’s time for the Airing Of the Grievances! (Of the weight and fitness and reunion varieties. Oh, and maybe of the gorgeous cousin variety, too…)
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