Earlier this spring, I caught the classic movie Romy and Michele on TV and watched it straight through for the first time since high school. It had me laughing out loud with the classic one-liners (Romy: I've been killing myself for eight days and I gained a pound. // Michele: That's impossible. Did you deduct sixteen pounds for your shoes?) but in the back of my head, a little thought started to grow about what my own reunion would be like. Something told me it would be nothing like that movie (oh so ridiculous) but I was still intrigued.
Would I recognize people? I was never really that close with too many people there, and my best friends wouldn't be attending because of vacation or other conflicts.
How about the cliques? My high school was a typical one that had plenty of them. Would those still exist, and would people mingle across them?
What would I wear?? (haha!)
I signed us up to attend and in the meantime, chatted with friends and family about their own reunion experiences. One of my girlfriends, who attended her reunion in the local Atlanta area last summer, noticed that the people who attended hers were the individuals who actually wanted to be there -- everyone was interested in other people enough to show up and mingle for at least a few hours. I figured that a lot of people might just show up and talk within their own cliques. It was good to realize that anyone not cool enough as an adult (ha, how the tables have turned) to break beyond their usual crowds hopefully wouldn't even come! That would make things easier for the rest of us to catch up.
My dad, who attended an all-boys Catholic school up North, attended one of his own reunions many years ago and was able to catch up with a handful of guys he hadn't seen in a long time. While he had a great time, he said that his one reunion was enough -- a blast from the past and a good time for what it was, but nothing earth-shattering. I guessed that my own experience might be something similar to that.
Sure enough, in the end, my own reunion was a worthwhile few hours. It was close enough geographically for us to attend without having to make special arrangements, and I knew of at least a few friends attending, so we wouldn't be totally awkward and friendless upon arrival. I was surprised to see a few other acquaintances there that I hadn't expected, too, so we both had a fun time meeting and greeting and catching up on what's been keeping everyone busy all of these years. The organizers did a great job with marketing the event; around 100 of our graduating class of 500+ made it!
|None of these ladies were able to make it, but I'd love to do a reunion with just them soon!|
Have you attended a reunion recently? What year was it, and how did it go? Was it all that you had hoped for?