I do not remember where I was or what I was doing just 40 minutes ago. But it is with crystalline clarity that I remember exactly where I was four decades ago.
I was on the Lower East Side at 45 Ridge Street, or 110 Broome Street (depending on the entrance) – and I was having the time of my life along with all my friends at Esther Schoenfeld High School. Once upon a time, long ago and far away, we paraded carefree through the halls of Schoenfeld with our bathroom passes – some genuine and some forged. It’s been a long trek, yet the memories linger on.
My mind is overflowing with these marvelous memories. I conjure up images of a carefree youth spent with friends, many of whom I am still in touch with today! That is the beauty of reminiscing it’s selective. The zany stunts and shenanigans, which seemed radical and rebellious then, are fond and glorified memories now; cutting class to go sun bathing on the roof; Lucy’s lunches; congregating in the fifth floor bathroom – to Rabbi Rothberg’s chagrin. No matter how much trouble I got into, no matter how many times I was sent to Dr. Willner’s office, no matter how many checks I had on Rabbi Lubin’s Delaney cards, and no matter how many times Mrs. Stern kicked me out of class, in retrospect, everything was terrific.
To recapture those vivacious days, I am eagerly looking forward to our 40th High School Reunion, where we will regale as we once did. All Esther Schoenfeld East Side graduates of 1969 are encouraged to join the merriment on Sunday, May 3, from 12:00-4:00 p.m., at Khal Chasidim, 4820 15th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.
For additional information, please contact Lillian Lieberman at 718-837-3687, or firstname.lastname@example.org.