My Cousin Valerie and I flew to Rapid City on Thursday, rented a car, and headed for the 2016 Murdo All School Reunion. You’ve heard the question, “How do you eat an elephant?” The answer being, “One bite at a time.” That’s how this Murdo Girl is going to tell you about my experiences as I floated through the past few days. Did you see a pink cloud overhead? Well, that was me.
As Valerie and I drove to Murdo, we marveled at the beauty of our home state. Valerie lives in Californa, and I live in Texas. Although Val only went to school in Murdo a couple of years, she has a selective memory. Some time ago, she chose to believe she is an alumni, and attends all of the school reunions. After all, it’s an “all school” reunion. We just went to different schools together.
Shortly after hitting town I attended the first of many functions planned to honor me. It was a very nice dinner for me and about 15 of my closest friends. After dinner, I was showered with a gift. It’s beautiful display of my life in the form of a collage made by Judy Dykstra Brown and her sister Patti Dykstra Arnari. Judy gave a thoughtful, although somewhat lengthy presentation. I would like to express my thanks. Judy is a woman of many talents.
Patti, Judy, and Jim…Judy appears to be overcome with emotion. The second pic is of my lifelong friends, Mari and Eddie Jackson.
Friday morning, I was again the center of attention. I attended an intimate breakfast where I was the recipient of more accolades. The event was only slightly marred by some Thomas guy who ate my toast when I wasn’t looking.
Me, Paul Thomas, Ralph Thomas, Jerry Elrod, Patty Dykstra Arnari, seated are Judy Dykstra Brown, and Valerie Halla
That evening, the Lindquist girls hosted a giant BBQ for me. I found out later that coincidently, it was also their Dad Dean’s 80th birthday. I think he enjoyed my party, although the cameras were flashing everywhere.
I should mention that I practically raised Karen, Kim and Tammy Lindquist. I’m sure that anyone who knows them will agree that I did a pretty darned good job. They all turned out to be amazing people and I couldn’t be prouder.
I’m so sorry that this short post will have to end abruptly. I hear some of the Murdoites have scouted out my location. I have a coffee and luncheon to attend and I haven’t even showered yet. ( Neither has the Queen.)