God Willing, My 60th Class Reunion

In the past week, finally, one lady stepped up and said she was beginning to prepare for our class reunion, seems no one else is. I said I am happy to help. Now I have called many telephone numbers.

I am finding my attitude on life is better than most. Also, I am finding classmates who are too ill or have given up on life. What is wrong with just one time getting out for one dinner with people in many cases that you have not seen since 1963?

It is a sales job I am beginning to see, to convince some of them to change their mind and come to the reunion. And I am enjoying it. 

I was also given a list of those who are no longer with us. People who were in the band with me, in typing class with me, and are no more! Some even passed away many years ago!  And then also Natellia called me the day after she said she was beginning to prepare for the reunion and said: "Mike Murrell passed yesterday." And I am greatly blessed to still be here! IMAGINE That Quickly another one is GONE!

Folks! Get everything you can out of every day you are here on this earth, and help everyone you want to help because today could be your last day.

I learned that a close friend was in the Army, and killed in Viet Nam, serving just a few miles from where I was on a Navy Destroyer off the coast! 

I hope your day is as great as mine

Dan Dee McGinnis

The Pumpkin Man

Comments (8)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Dan - people do and don't do all sorts of things as part of their daily lives.  I have never been to one of my high school reunions.  I am sure they likely happened.    My younger sister who has been married to her high school boyfriend for many years has attended at least one and remains in close contact with many of her classmates.  It's a big world.  There's plenty for each of us to experience in our own way.  

Mar 11, 2023 07:40 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Dan,

It is unsettled to see how many in your graduating classis gone or seriously ill. I live far from my hometown and have never gone to any of my reunions and probably won't go more to do with timing of the event and I'm still helping clients buy and sell homes. I definitely feel staying active and being passionate about "something" in life is the key!

Mar 11, 2023 07:54 AM
Jeff Masich-Scottsdale AZ Associate Broker,MBA,GRI
HomeSmart Real Estate - Scottsdale, AZ
Arizona Homes and Land Group/ Buy or Sell

60th school reunion? It can't be! As the kid said to baseball player "Shoeless Joe Jackson" 100 years ago...."SAY IT AIN'T SO JOE!"

Mar 11, 2023 08:22 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

A few years ago my husband and I stopped by our 50th reunion, which was being held at a local park. He remarked that we must not be in the right place because of all the old people he could see going in.

I've never been too interested in the reunions - partly because I haven't kept up with people and partly because sitting around talking and eating doesn't hold much interest.

Now if they involved music and dancing, I might be interested!

Mar 11, 2023 10:39 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

I went to my  10 year high school reunion but that was it. So much time has passed and I moved away. When I moved back to Houston I did attend a monthly luncheon held by people in my class and it was fun. 

Mar 11, 2023 05:50 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dan Dee McGinnis The Pumpkin Man - what an exercise you have been tasked with and you are receiving lots of wake-up calls.

May you live a long and happy life and continue to prosper. 

Mar 11, 2023 06:32 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Dan... I made it to my 40th reunion. Missed the 50th as I was overseas visiting family. Now I'm three years from my 60th... would like to think I could make it.

Mar 12, 2023 06:34 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Congrats in making it this far, Dan, some people do not get the opportunity. Hope you enjoy the class reunion!

Mar 12, 2023 10:44 AM