| The Reunion Welcome Reception
was the first of the suite of reunion events. It was held at the Boston Museum
of Science. We took the "T" from North Quincy on the Red Line to the Museum
of Science on the Green Line. Outside the museum, we saw a "Duck Tour" Boat,
which is a boat that have wheels to transform into a land vehicle, and thus
the appropriateness of the name. Inside the museum, the ceiling sported an
assortment of "flying machines." The Daedalus is a human-powered aircraft.
We spent a little time checking out the exhibits before heading up to the
The welcome reception included many classes, not just the Class of 1981.
I only knew my classmates and barely! How they have changed! I guess people
do get older. Cecilia remarked that I looked very different from high school.
Hmmm... I think that is a good thing. In high school, I was the ultimate
tomboy with my hair always in a ponytail and my overalls or army pants. I
am pretty sure my classmates have never seen me with my hair down.
And I guess I am older now too, but at least not gray, wrinkly, or paunchy!
Cecilia was a cheerleader and the class "sex symbol." Now, in her business
suit, she looked professional and mature. Frank was much skinnier in high
school, but I think a bit of weight and a touch of gray adds a bit of sophistication
to him. And Bonnie is still the happy person I remembered, even though I
did not hang out with her too much in high school.
The background image is the Boston Latin School Logo, which showed Romulus
and Remus suckling on a she-wolf. When they were born, they were placed in
a basket and set afloat on the Tiber. The she-wolf found the twins and nursed
them. Later, a shepherd found them and raised the twins. They went on to
become the mythical founders of Rome.
The Boston Latin School is the oldest public school in America. Founded in
1635, its roster of esteemed graduates include some of our founding fathers
such as Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Cotton Mather, and
Robert Treat Paine among others. The school auditorium is ringed with
the names of the famous graduates. To be admitted, one has to be one of the
top scorers in the PSAT tests. Coming out of middle school, the biggest deal
was trying to get into one of the three best public high schools in Boston:
Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy, and Boston Technical High School.
Boston Latin School used to be called "Boy's Latin School" and Boston Latin
Academy used to be called "Girl's Latin School". They both went co-ed some
time in the 1970's and changed their names. My brother and I went to Boston
Latin School. My sister went to Boston Technical High School.