Our 30th Reunion was a big success!
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Wed, 10 September 2008
Over the last 10 months of this 50th birthday project, there’s been a lot of diversity in the stories our classmates have told about their lives. But there are a couple of constants that creep into nearly every narrative: 1) An understandable ambivalence about this milestone birthday and 2) A growing sense of gratitude—for health, family and the folks we can still call friends, even if we haven’t seem some of them in over three decades.
Reading about Katie, the pretty high stepper I probably never had the courage to talk to in high school, I understand again why so many people enjoy these “essays”: 1) We're learning more about our classmates now than most of us ever knew in high school and 2) It’s a kick to see just how good so many of us turned out!
Katie is no exception. Happily married for almost 30 years (!) with two grown kids, she’s had a brilliant career in a fascinating job. And it’s obvious she’s grateful for every minute of it. Thanks for sharing, Katie!
KATIE: In 1976 we were listening to “Golden Years” by David Bowie and that title means something new to me today! I’m not sure how it happened, but here I am at 50. The good news is many of you have gone before me, and thanks to Gary, I know where many of you are and how you have coped.
Actually, it doesn’t feel all bad and I realize how very fortunate I am. Not only has life been good to me, but at the half century mark I can look back and appreciate all of you and my Midwestern roots.
I went off to Ames and Iowa State University, and met my future husband, Dan, there. We’ve been married since 1979 and after moving around a bit, have been in Virginia since 1985. We live in Northern Virginia, just 20 minutes (if you drive in the middle of the night and there’s no construction) from DC. I still marvel every time I drive into the city, with the first glimpse of the Washington monument, that we live this close to all those things we studied in school, and all that power.
We have two grown children, a daughter, Sarah, 26 and living in Richmond, VA and a son Jameson (!), 22, working in DC. I also have the best job in the whole world and love it (most days). I am the programming coordinator for Fairfax County Public Library – just to clarify for those of you that weren’t in math class with me, that’s programming as in public programs, not computer programming. We have 23 libraries in our system, over one million residents and just opened three new libraries last year.
I have worked for the library for over 22 years, and plan programs like author visits, community wide reading programs, book discussion groups at the local hospital and the summer reading program for kids. I have meet many interesting authors and newsmakers along the way, like Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner), Bob Woodward, Jack Valenti, Andrea Mitchell, Bob Schieffer, the real life manager of Hotel Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina, Mitch Albom, Sandra Day O’Connor, Alexander McCall Smith and many more, plus have over 50,000 kids participate in the reading program each year.
I don’t get back to South Dakota very often, although I still have family there. By the way, being from South Dakota is a very good conversation stopper when that topic comes around. Most people just stare for a minute, then say either “I never met anyone from South Dakota” or my personal favorite “I knew someone from Fargo once”. But even so, I’m glad to have had such wonderful high school years, continued friendships with so many of you, and reconnected with others at the last reunion.
So I can’t complain at 50 and only hope the next 50 are just as good. For those of you that have reached 50 already, happy birthday. For those of you between now and the end of December, enjoy 49! Thanks, Gary for keeping us in touch.
Katie turned 50 on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Please leave a message for her by clicking on the word “Comments”.
Category:blog -- posted at: 7:51 PM
Katie, what an excellent job you have! I love Khaled Hosseini and Alexander McCall Smith! I am downright jealous. I have to agree with you about the awesome views in DC. It IS pretty cool living so close to the nation\'s capital. Now if you and I could only manage to get together more often!!! Thanks for sharing your story. Happy Bday!!
Hi Katie, Happy Birthday to you! I\'ve made it a week and one day being as Sue Joyce says..;.the BIG 5 ohhhhhhhh! What a wonderful position you have to bring books into the lives of children, and hopefully their parents too! Meeting such authors as you mentioned is certainly an added bonus. Enjoy your special day and hopefully we\'ll have a chance to visit at the next reunion! Abundant Joy, Cindi