Reminiscing 40 years later

Cory Hurley
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Reminiscing 40 years later There was less hair and some wrinkles, but for Herdman grad 40th reunion was a time to cherish

The different lives people lead, even after starting from the same path, is a remarkable thing.

Sandra Hughes, nee Rowe, was one of the Herdman graduates of 1974 who had the chance to reflect on the forks in the road that were chosen along the way to their 40th high school graduation.

Hughes, who now lives in Almonte, Ont., is a frequent visitor to her hometown of Corner Brook. It had been two years since she’d been back to see her family and friends, so she decided to co-ordinate her holiday with the reunion that took place this past weekend.

She spent about 20 years living in St. John’s and for the past 17 has lived in Ontario.

Scouring through the faces of about 90 of the 369 graduates in her high school classes, she marvelled at the difference 40 years makes on appearances. She knew people would have aged — many with less hair, more wrinkles and the other things life brings with it. However, thumbing through the yearbook, she also laughs at the styles of the early-to-mid 1970s.

“The guys they had the big hairdos,” Hughes said. “Now, well, they don’t have as much as these days. The girls had the long hair, parted down the middle. Now, they have it cut short and they were wearing the whatevers to go with it.”

Even some of her friends use the same gestures or mannerisms they did 40 years ago, she said.

Hughes cherished the reminiscing that comes with a weekend such as this. She said many times it’s not until somebody tells you that you remember a lot of the things you did or were involved in.

A memorial service was held Sunday to remember the 12 graduates who have passed away. Her best friend and next-door neighbour growing up, Karen Butler, was one. She died two years ago. Hughes missed having her there, but she said the ceremony was nice.

Hughes also attended the 20th anniversary and she noticed a particular difference this time around. At the 20th anniversary, there was a family day — a great event for their partners and children. This time, there wasn’t a need.

“Everybody’s children are grown up and have children of their own now,” she said.

Geographic location: Almonte, Corner Brook, Ontario.Scouring

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