No place like home on high plains for Rattlers

By Lynn Moncus

Each time the Rattler Reunion paper arrives, those of us who are alumni of Tucumcari High School take time to go through it page by page and picture by picture because we are eager to recall the great time we had last year and know that we are now gearing up for another great reunion during the first weekend in August.

This year’s theme, “There’s No Place Like Home” is most appropriate for each reunion because we hear so many returning alumns say that this area will always be home to them no matter how far they travel or how long they stay away.

Although many of us attend our college homecomings, we never really think of college as home because we were there for such a short time; whereas, we spent many of the happiest years of our lives in Tucumcari and know we are home when we see the mountain in the distance.

As usual, the paper is just great and certainly includes articles and pictures to remind of what occurred last year and what we can look forward to this year. Those living at a distance and coming home only rarely have the opportunity to check on their friends from the past and to note the changes that tend to occur as we age. They also have the chance to see what will be happening this year and to make plans to attend.

Some come only during special years, such as the 10th, 20th, 30th, etc. but many of us try to attend each year and look forward to the many activities beginning with the mixer on Thursday evening, Aug. 2, and ending with the banquet and dance on Saturday, Aug. 4.
Those of us who have been out of school for more than 30 years certainly know how much work goes into the preparations being done by the Class of ‘77 because we had the privilege of going through similar antics in order to have good reunions.

Of course, those of us who are amid the Golden Rattlers are always eager to welcome the new class and to give them a hard time about having been out of school for a half century.

As each class gathers, no matter what the year, the warmth of friendship is renewed. We just seem to pick up our conversations where we left off last year or even 55 years ago and feel very comfortable in each other’s company.

We always pause to remember those who are no longer with us and to remark about those who chose not to come this year. We are one school family for a few days and just enjoy the company of classmates as well as of those who are older or younger than we are.
Being with friends of all ages makes these reunions very special and certainly shows that we have much continuity in our schools.

Most of us are hearing from people who plan to attend and are anticipating seeing some of those we haven’t seen since graduation.
Because “There’s No Place Like Home” we will have one more great gathering and will be ready for the one next year. We also need to thank the Rattler Reunion Board for all their efforts and for preparing the paper so we can have some good reading and can be thinking of what we’ll be doing in August.