It was Friday and class was unusually small, probably because it was a beautiful fall day and some had taken off for the weekend. The water was a little cool, but we all adjusted after warming up with water walking and our aquacize exercises. Maybe because it was a small group, our leader led us into a circle and asked us each to recall a high school memory as we exercised.
We remembered slumber parties and fun pranks played on each other. Lots of memories of skipping school and sometimes getting caught. Some of the senior members of our group (we’re all seniors, actually) recalled not having a lot of school activities because of WWII and gas rationing. Bob, who was in high school during the 40’s revealed he still had the scooter that he rode around town and it still runs! We also learned that Bob was quite an athlete in his day and probably broke a few hearts.
Many of us have been together in this class for several years. After we shared our memories, I don’t think I was alone in the feeling that we knew each other even better than we did before. It was great exercise in sharing and listening to each other and led to a few other conversations about where we attended school and how we met our spouses.
I look forward to aquacize class. One, because its great exercise for my aging body. But it’s also the positive social interaction that I need. We discuss local news, health issues, politics, and many class members meet outside of class. Making new friends and renewing older friendships is great exercise for our minds and our souls.