A Visit to the Past
Although now retired I remain a coordinator for a Linkedin Group, the professional equivalent to Facebook. Each member produces a brief biography of themselves from School onwards. My own includes a brief mention of my first days at Prep. School. One of our members read my biog. and noted that his children now attended the School to which I had been an earlier pupil. He notified me and informed me that there was to be a reunion – ‘would I be interested’. I said I would. This resulted in a smart invitation to my wife and I to attend the reunion from the current Headmaster. As a result the past became the present.
Oh how strange and pleasant that Saturday seemed. We climbed the steps that I had first climbed some 62 years ago. Into the entrance, down the long corridor and into the main hall. It all seemed so much smaller than I remembered, but then I had grown a bit!
We were treated to a splendid display of athletics and a brief play and music by the current pupils, as well as a very pleasant tea. The Headmaster came and chattered enthusiastically to us and, clearly, I knew more about the earlier times than he did. Sadly, all my masters had either retired or passed on by now.
I had enjoyed my time at this School. It set me up really well for my future life. Here, I had passed my Eleven-Plus and gained a scholarship. More importantly I had gained an interest and some knowledge about life then, in the past and what may be in the future.
It transpired I was the only aged returner at the reunion, but for me it opened doors in my memory and this return to my past made a wonderful picture of life then, in a different World.
This brief visit to my past reminded how pleasant life had been. Just for a brief while the past became the present.