This weekend is my twentieth high school reunion. I am not sure how it happened that I find myself in this situation since I feel like I am only about twenty-nine, maybe thirty, but certainly not the almost forty year old woman I truly am. I have not attended any other high school reunions and figured, why the hell not give it a go. So this weekend I will pack up the kids and head up to my parents house, revisiting my small hometown and many of my fellow graduates from the class of 1992. Husband will be at the Reno air races, a yearly trip he takes with a friend of his, so he will avoid having to stand next to me all weekend while I internally freak out. I am sure for this he is quite relived.
I have what I hope are the usual hang ups, feelings of social inadequacy, and awkwardness others have before such events. I was in no way considered a part of the cool kids in school nor did I hang out with the jocks. I had my own close knit group of friends as well as connected with several people from the various “groups” that floated around school. I have kept in touch with only a few of my classmates over the years so it will be interesting to see how the passage of time has changed the people behind those faces staring out at me from my senior yearbook.
I am not sure what to expect but whatever comes of it I think I will be glad that I went rather than risk having regrets that I did not attend.
Even if I do end up looking like Molly.
- Why I’m not going to my 30th high school reunion (notesfromthefunnyfarm.wordpress.com)
- The Kidd Vs. 10 YEARS (aintitcool.com)
- The Reunion Ritual (thenarcissisticanthropologist.com)
- A High School class celebrates reunion with home dedication (taishalwalker.com)
reunions like this always confuse me – in both good and bad ways – I generally avoid them–good for you for going
I don’t think I’ll ever go to a high school reunion. I got the hell out of town for a reason. 😉 I’m sure yours will go smoothly. I look forward to the post.
Andy went to his high school reunion last year – and he was not one of the cooler guys in school. I think he had a good time though (and he was really pleased that he looked way better than a lot of the people who attended). You are definitely not going to look like Molly…you’ve showed us your pics and you are adorable. Socially awkward? I think that will go away as soon as you hear one person shout your name and exclaim “it’s SO good to see you!”…
I did this about 4 years ago. My suggestion is to look at your yearbook before you go. I found myself saying, we went to school together? Not one of my more stellar occasions. 🙂
Oh that pic made me laugh outloud. That’s how I always feel too meeting up w people from my school days
Hope you have a great time! That picture totally made me laugh. I didn’t go to my 10-year high school reunion… haven’t decided if I’ll go to my 20. I actually still hang out with a few friends who I’ve known since I was 6 years old!
Hi Shoes: You look great…don’t worry about that. Everyone else has aged too. I am 42 so I know. I didn’t go to mine but don’t follow my example.
Sounds like I was just like you in school. I think you’re right, I think if you feel like going it’s something you’d regret not doing. If you really didn’t feel like going then I think it would be a different matter. I went to a slight reunion once and was glad I did. Now I don’t feel I ever have to go to one again unless I want to come the time. I hope all goes well. I think it will because you want to go. Have fun! 🙂
I’m too curious and nosy to miss any of my reunions, even though they make me feel socially awkward. It’s weird to see people you haven’t seen for a long time and it can be difficult to start up a conversation. I just hope I recognize my classmates at my next reunion, and I hope they recognize me. It’s been a while since high school. Love the picture!