|The unexpected "hunch"
Tuesday, 22-Aug-2000 10:09:54
It was Sunday night, after "the last supper" at the Hillwinds where over twenty of us met for a post-reunion meal. Later, many of us that were at the dinner showed up at the chalet rented by Mark Shapiro and Winston Watnik. Winston posed the question, "did the reunion exceed your expectations?" (or something to that effect) My answer was "yes but I had a hunch that something would happen beyond my expectations." After I said that, I wondered if I was really making any sense. But that's how I answered the question.
For myself, the experience of Franconia was a door opening to my mind, and much more. I re-experienced that "opening" this past weekend in a way that truly resembled my earlier experience, but it was more than that. As a relative late-comer to Franconia (1975-6), I met many people there at our reunion that were before my time; some of whom were legendary by the time I got there. I had a blast! Seeing people that I knew when I was at the school, seeing people that were around when I was there that I SHOULD have known, meeting and bonding with folks that I had never met before... This weekend was a phenomenal experience for me, for us all. Most uplifting for me was seeing the sheer joy and energy on the face of my close friend, one of my favorite people in the world: Jeff "Moose" Greenfield. Jeff is so close to my heart (close to all our hearts). Witnessing his emotional and physical "healing" really gave me joy.
I'll say it: Folks, you are all some of the most fascinating people that I have ever met in my life!
It was clear to me that Franconia had an almost overwhelming effect on all of our lives; shaping how we approach our individual lives in ways that even we may have forgotten. We were reminded of this at the reunion.
Finally, I will repeat what I heard at the tale end of our discussion Sunday morning: Franconia will never die! The school was not the building. WE ARE FRANCONIA COLLEGE!
My respect for you all has been "psychedelically"
We really should do this again!
Re: The unexpected "hunch"
I was one of those attending "The Last Supper" at the Hillwinds. It was a great way begin to unwind from one of the most incredible events of the last quarter century of my life. How do you describe the emotional satisfaction the reunion gave to my very heart and soul? My tears flowed and I was glad to share them with so many on Sunday morning as I described what franconia meant to me. Your comments to me afterwards were most gratifying. I know from talking with many and watching and listening to others that all were feeling the same. And by the responses so far on the web site, it is further confirmed. My wife and I stayed on until Monday late in the afternoon. I spent much time reflecting and feeling, satisfied with what had washed over me the past few days and yet yearning and hungering for more. Thank you to the organizers for giving me the opportunity to reaffirm what I have always known.... that the franconia experience was everything I always thought it was, a life changing event that I will always cherish and share with whomever will listen. Now, lets buy the damned property!