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If Only I Had Known

I went to primary with a diversity of who either were able to make something of their lives or had the connections to ensure they looked like they could.

One of my classmates' sisters ended up being the of a leading London museum. One of the family's sisters now has an artistic company of her own and another is the CEO of a Virtual PA company. Another became an Olympic athlete and a third was born into a high level horse racing family and lived in the most amazing house with stud and stables attached. They had a swimming pool and a full size trampoline that I remember, plus they were generous with their time and facilities to allow me to recuperate from a major medical operation by using these.

Several of my former classmates have successful professional careers as classical (piano, cello, and violin that I know of).

I think if I had known half of this when I was at school, I would have tried to stay in better touch with them.

Interestingly enough, in pursuit of further data on people I remembered from 35 years ago, I just logged in to LinkedIn. To realise that two of my former colleagues from my last job and someone attending a course I'm involved in organising have viewed my profile in the last week. Better straighten up and fly right on there, then, for sure. Maybe something to consider next week when I'm back at work and focussed on the job in hand, perhaps.

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Kasman wrote on May 4, 2015, 5:13 PM

Don't forget that you are a member of an elite group - a member of Persona Paper. There are only 1381 of us! emoticon :smile:

WordChazer wrote on May 4, 2015, 5:29 PM

This is so true, And I have only read the profiles of around 1/3 of our members too, at the last count. Hopefully when I submit my request to the boss this week for time off, she will not laugh in my face. Assuming she says I can have the time I will ask for, I will have a week off to catch up on Persona, eBay and other writing projects in peace and quiet.

MegL wrote on May 5, 2015, 3:03 AM

Yes, when I was in primary (elementary) school, my parents told me I needed to keep in with people who could help me in my career but I didn't listen. emoticon :sad:

melody23 wrote on May 5, 2015, 10:07 AM

I am from a tiny island, so while I don't see everyone I went to primary school with regularly or anything (I no longer live there, neither do most of them) I have some contact with most of them either through the internet, phone or just bumping into them when I am visiting. My now brother-in-law was in my class at school too.

As far as I know none of us are famous or anything like that. There are only ten of us so I should be able to tell you what most of us do: I am very almost a nurse as you know, one of the twins is either a mental health or learning disabilities nurse, I cant remember which. One of the other girls works in a nursing home and the other girl is a stay at home mum with three children, two of whom have health conditions. One boy is in the army, another is a web designer. The other twin took over their dads building company when he died when we were in our late teens. One guy was in aeronautical engineering, but I believe he turned to drink and doesn't do much now. Another guy works for a big chain of those mini-supermarket type things and my brother-in-law looks after a man with cerebral palsy.

AliCanary wrote on May 6, 2015, 8:21 PM

It's never too late to get in touch with your old friends. I'm STILL finding people on Facebook with whom I was friends in school. Give it a shot!

iwrite28 wrote on May 8, 2015, 6:30 AM

You might become famous and those classmates will think they should have kept in touch with you :D