Two old classmates show how small the world really is. 73 years after graduating from high school, they found themselves in the same retirement community in Bonita Springs.

After her husband’s death, Millie Shuler moved to The Terraces, a local retirement community in Bonita Springs. She liked the social atmosphere, but she never knew what else would happen in this community.

The Terraces Retirement Community. CREDIT: WINK News

“The lady sitting at our table asked us if we’d mind having a fifth person join us, and we said, ‘We’d love to’… Stan said, ‘I used to live in Haddonfield,’ I said, ‘ Hey, I’m from New Jersey,” Stan said, “I’m from New Jersey too,” and I looked at him. And I recognized him right away. I said, ‘You’re Stanley Maslowski, aren’t you?'” Shuler said.

It took Maslowski a little longer to get the hang of it.

“He had no idea who I was,” Shuler said.

But as the two exchanged stories, the confusion turned to pure shock when he remembered an old acquaintance from Hadden Heights High School, class of 1949.

“After 73 years, come on, rest. You only read about it in comics,” said Maslovsky.

Reunion at Bonita Springs Retirement Community. CREDIT: WINK News

They admit that times were much simpler.

“We were very naive. Friday night we had a movie, Saturday night we had a dance,” Shuler said.

But Schuler insists little has changed.

“He lost a little bit of his hair. Maybe a little gray. But he’s still Stan,” Shuler said.

After 73 years, two classmates met more than a thousand miles from the place where they grew up.

“I think just having each other. It’s kind of fun. just fun,” Shuler said.

“I’m still worried about the fact that suddenly three years later you owe me money?” – said Maslovsky.

“You wish! you wish,” replied Shuler.

Even though they no longer go to dances and school football games, they have each other to remember. Takes them back to the hallways of Hadden Heights High School and to an era they say is long gone.

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