Boundary County, Idaho
August 3, 2013
Make plans now to be here!
Letters returned ... Where did they go?
|February 13, 2013|
|At the Boundary County All School Reunion
committee meeting Tuesday evening, Nona Kaye reported that of all the
letters mailed out to the last known address of all those on the All
School Reunion list she inherited, 35 former Bonners Ferry Badgers have
replied ... not bad considering that the event happens five months into
Not so good was her next report, passed around on two single-spaced sheets of paper, double columned. This was the list of the names of people whose letters came back, "unable to deliver, address unknown."
As the list was passed around among the few people in attendance, there was an occasional, "Hey! he's back in town!" Also one or two sad comments, "I heard (he or she) passed away."
A lot happens in five years ... no one can keep up with everything. They do try, though, and that's what makes Boundary County's All School Reunion such an amazing event ... we do try, we remember. We do our best to keep good remembrances alive, friendships intact. There's nostalgia, but a sense of the future, too, as the kids of yesterday, great-great grandparents now, see the children, grandchildren an great-grandchildren of kids they grew up with.
In years past, we might have been left to think that unanswered letters meant lost people.
As in all years past, the old folks who try to keep traditions alive aren't often up to date on the potential the latest generation of elementary students learn the next as a matter of course.
So it is here ... all these undelivered letter are friends we've lost track of. If we could just tell people, maybe they have heard or know? Maybe they can pass on a message?
As little as five years ago, that would have been impossible. Today it is ... but most of the people working to make this event possible learned to type on an Underwood and still jump when the cell phone rings. Some even have an app to use a "dial," which was once used to connect to a party line.
Kids today would not understand, just as our parents didn't understand us, but if we old Badgers can ask the new and growing Badgers to help spread the word? OMG! (Oh my goodness!) IWBSC! (It would be so cool!) :)
WNT? (why not try?)
Because we older kids don't know how to use these intraweb things, we'll just mimeograph the roster here ... if you can't tell us where they are, can you please pass the word among members of your network of friends? Tell them we'd like to extend an invitation and let them know we'd love to see them.