My 25th class reunion is going on this weekend. It’s going on without me. (Hey, I haven’t gone to a reunion yet, why start now?)
I was talking with a good friend of mine about class reunions a few weeks ago. She was really surprised I’d never been to one of mine. She said, “I would’ve thought you’d be one of the people organizing your class reunions.”
See my Aug. 20 entry at kidlit_central. When I was in high school, I spent my Saturday nights in the locked up library! Why in the world would I plan a high school reunion???
“I don’t know,” my friend said. “Because you’re always getting people together.”
Different people (the vast majority of my graduating class probably doesn’t even remember me!) and different get-togethers.
“Aren’t you just a little bit curious what happened to the people you graduated high school with?” my friend asked.
I’d be lying if I said no…after all, I did request that the what-have-you-been-doing-the-last-25-years book they put together be sent to me after the reunion. But getting the book is enough to satisfy my curiosity.
High school was a long time ago. It’s not that it was a terrible experience for me…I was a good student…I had friends (not a lot, but enough)…I was in band and was editor of my school paper (lots of people were in band and no one read the school paper). But I was awkward and shy. Why would I want to go back and be that same shy, insecure teenager again? When you go to a class reunion, don’t you just fall back into the same old role you played in high school?
“Not always,” my friend claims.
I don’t know.
I used to tell myself I would go to a 20 or 25-year reunion (who knew those years would pass so quickly???). I figured after that amount of time, people would be a little more “real.” They wouldn’t just stick with the same old cliques they were in in high school; they’d mingle a little more. But it’s been 25 years since I’ve seen most of these people. I’m still in touch with a few of my friends from high school (most of them were in a different graduating class or they’re not going to the reunion); the Internet makes it very easy to check in with people from high school. So why go to a reunion? Most of the people who are likely to be there weren’t very interested in me when I was in high school; why would they be interested in me now?
Still…I can’t help but wonder if I’m missing something by not going?