Comments from the canyons: Welcome home, Rattler alumni

Welcome home Rattler alumni.

This week as we gather for another reunion, many of us are just as excited as we were when we attended that first one so long ago. We look forward to seeing classmates and friends from other classes each year and are always delighted to see those who haven’t attended in many years.

This is one time during which we can just relax and enjoy visiting with each other. Trying to see as many people as possible is always great fun because with each person, we get to renew our friendship and to recall the great times we have had together through the years. Just listening to groups as we pass by, we hear the laughter that erupts as they recall some of the antics in which they were involved while attending THS. The athletes tend to replay their favorite games, the band members recall their favorite trips, the members of other organizations recount their favorite activities.

Whether we graduated recently or many years ago, we tend to enjoy being together as a group rather than separated by age lines. We like to hear from all ages and to learn the different memories of the various years. ln a sense, we are all of a same age for a few days each August because we are all tied to our Alma Mater and our memories of our years there. The young graduates are often amazed at first to learn that even the oldest Rattlers had similar experiences and still enjoy regaling any listener with stories about them.

We never seem to have enough time to visit with everyone we see because we are always heading to the next event or the next group. We usually just relax and enjoy each minute spent with each Rattler, hoping to see them again before the last event ends.

To see so many people gather for the Rattler Reunion each year lets us know how important it is, else they wouldn’t continue to appear and to make plans to meet again next year. This also shows how much we appreciated our time spent in the Tucumcari schools and how proud we are to be Rattler Alumni. Tucumcari has continued to draw us home from all parts of the world, and it is a place we call home, whether or not we have lived here since we graduated 60 years ago or whether we have never left. It remains our part of “The Land of Enchantment” and makes us each proud to have such a place we can always call home. Let’s just enjoy our three days together and hope to see each other at a similar gathering next year.

“Hail to the Rattlers!”

Lynn Moncus is a Tucumcari resident and can be contacted through the Quay County Sun by calling 575-461-1952.

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