aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

Auld lang syne, indeed

Had a debt of piety (in the old Roman sense) to pay today. Went over to Spencer for Ruth Curry's visitation. All the Curry boys were there. Fred, my best friend in high school, looked the same as ever. Funny that we live seven miles apart and never see each other.

I sat for some time watching people come and go. I recognized our old biology teacher, Dick Dyar, who must be in his eighties now. I said to Fred that once upon a time, I should have known some of these people. I left Spencer in the fall of 1971.

I felt as if I'd stepped back in time, except that somebody needs to fix the Way-back Machine. We all looked so long in the tooth. But still, Fred and I chit-chatted as if we'd only last talked yesterday.
O alte Burschenherrlichkeit, wohin bist du entschwunden?
Nie kehrst du wieder, goldne Zeit, so froh und ungebunden!
Vergebens spähe ich umher, ich finde deine Spur nicht mehr.
O jerum, jerum, jerum o quae mutatio rerum!

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