Reunioning

We have yet another celebration behind us. It has been a busy month and next month, with Tessa’s wedding coming up, will be similarly busy with celebrations.

Last weekend we had a reunion of people who all started at AVS (the Association for Voluntary Sterilization, later Association for Voluntary Surgical Contraception, and now called EngenderHealth) decades ago. Some of us worked there for a very short time (like me, only 8 months) while others spent their entire working life there and have now retired. A few drifted off to other organizations (MSH among them) but we never lost our connection to each other and the stories from that time way back when.

This was the 33rd anniversary of the founding of the Zugsmith Society, a literary/drinking society, created in a booth at Chumleys, under the book jackets of famous people. One of those book jackets was from Leane Zugsmith’s novel ‘Never Enough’ which was promptly adopted as the motto of the Zugsmith Society. We are happy to learn that Chumley’s (holy ground for the our Society) will soon re-open again.

We celebrated our septuagenarians. There are now several among us – a weird idea, considering that when this society was founded all those decades ago we thought 70 was outright ancient.

There is always the AGM (annual general meeting) and the agenda is loose but has to include a review of the year and our accomplishments, adventures, and mishaps; then there is the gossip about those not present, and a reading from the Wine Spectator. Since we are a literary society we read Shakespeare  and studied the theme of Discipline vs Indiscipline through quotes from famous people, adding our own (mis)interpretations to their wisdom. For nourishment and libations there was good wine and lobster. As the years go by we drink less but more expensive and as a consequence our AGMs are less rowdy. When enough was eaten and drunk we assigned the organization of next year’s AGM to those not present, another ritual. We hosted this year’s meeting because we were not present last year. That’s how it goes.

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