A couple of weeks ago I was reading a post on the Sweet Silly Sara blog about her 15 year reunion when I realized that my 20 year reunion should be this year! Eek! 20 years? Am I that old?
Sara was debating whether or not she should go to her high school reunion.
High school was a strange time, not really bad, but not exactly the time of my life either. I remain on friendly terms with many of my former classmates, via the almighty method of Facebook, but when I consider it, I didn’t form many close relationships during my high school years.
This really struck a chord with me. I think there are so few people who feel that high school was the time of their life, and I am certainly not one of them. So why go to a reunion?
I went to my 15 year reunion with my husband (then boyfriend) and had an okay time. Not the most amazing time, but an okay time. As I think back to my reason for attending, I realize that I sort of felt pressured to go by some of my high school friends. Did I just write that? 15 years after high school and I still fell to peer pressure? Yes, I guess I did.
To be completely honest, I also wanted to go because I wanted to show off my husband. I think he is the most amazing man, and not too hard on the eyes either! I would venture a guess that many people attend their reunion to show off – their spouse, their kids’ photos, all of the weight they may have lost, their amazing job…you get the picture.
I didn’t attend my reunion because I wanted to look back on old times, but I am sure many people go for this reason. Looking at old photos and copies of the yearbook while we were there brought back memories…not all of them good. I told stories to my husband and pointed out the different things I did while in school. Although I didn’t think that I wanted to reminisce, this turned out to be a great experience with my husband. I think he learned some new things about me and was able to share in a part of my life that he did not live through with me.
Well, looking to the 20 year reunion, I am still not sure if I will go. However, I think that attending at least one high school reunion is an experience that everyone should have (good or bad). I think it can help bring closure to a chapter in your life.
Have you gone to your reunions? What were your reasons for attending, or not attending?
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