Tuesday, July 20, 2004

After the reunion

First (known) official reunion in the U.S. of former pupils from a certain missionary children's boarding school in Zambia.

The reunion was held at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. We shared the campus with a football camp, a cheerleading camp, an Upward Bound science and math camp, and others. (The football coaches commented that once the cheerleaders-in-training arrived, many more passes were dropped.)

Clear and hot but not oppressive. Nice breezes. Coolish evenings.

Between 25 and 30 people ranging in age from 9 months to 75 years old. Former pupils of the school from the 1930s to the 1990s, now current residents of the U.S., Canada, Norway, Scotland, and S. Africa.

Evening gatherings to reminisce, leaf through old and new pictures and memorabilia, and watch old school films. Listening to authors read excerpts from their books/manuscripts about the school. Trip to Zuma beach just north of Malibu. Tug-of-war, dodge ball, and hard-driving game of keep-away in the swimming pool. Lingering over meals talking. Taking a 115 question quiz about the school. Morning worship service in the beautiful chapel. Hike to Paradise Falls in Wildwood Park. Evening hymn singing around the piano in the chapel.

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