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Not *my* reunion, but ...

My mother is an alumna of Wellesley College, having graduated in 1959. This weekend, her class celebrated their 50th reunion; Mom invited my two brothers and myself to the big class dinner last night, as well as to the Alumnae Parade this morning.

Last night's dinner was quite enjoyable. While I didn't get to see all of Mom's famous classmates (such as Judith Martin, aka Miss Manners), we were seated at the same table as Amalya Kearse, a senior judge on the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals and a world-champion bridge player. (This is the same circuit that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sontamayor sits on; Ms. Kearse is quite impressed by Ms. Sontamayor.)

The famous-classmate highlight, though, was former Secretary of State Madeline Albright, who gave a brief after-dinner speech and then opened the floor to questions from her classmates. Most of the questions, naturally, were about foreign policy. Unsurprisingly, she is rather less that impressed with the previous Administration, calling the invasion of Iraq the greatest US foreign policy disaster ever - "worse than Vietnam." In response to a question about Palestine, she remarked "President Bush created a road map but never took it out of the glove compartment." She also told anecdotes about the ASEAN annual meetings and their tradition of having foreign ministers put on remarkably stupid skits. All in all, both an informative and enjoyable evening.

Alas, this morning's weather featured gloom interrupted by downpours. This led Mom to conclude that spending an hour and a half sloshing across the Wellesley campus qualified as a Bad Idea, so she called us up and told us that she wasn't going to participate in the parade. Since the whole point of going to said parade was to indulge in blatant Yay-Mom!ism, I turned around and headed back home.