Class Reunions. Pick a Side.

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Those who love the idea of a class reunion. And me.

At first glance it seems I may be in the minority. But I don’t care. I am taking a stand.

Someone has to do it.

And I am just the loose cannon for the job.

I am drawing a line in the sand and everyone who reads this blog needs to choose.

Which is it? Do you love class reunions, or are you like me? Fence riders are not welcome here.

There is no middle ground. Class Reunion

You’re either with me or against me.

Choose a side or the rest of us are going to look down upon you and talk behind your back (sort of like… oh, I don’t know… a high school reunion).

I just don’t get the whole concept of a reunion.

Getting together with a group of people you haven’t seen in years. If you liked them so much, wouldn’t you have some sort of contact in the last 2 decades?

I find myself not wanting to relive what happened in 2nd hour study hall during my sophomore year.

Don’t even get me started on the “big game”. It was big when I was 15. Not so big now.

I particularly don’t like the idea of going to a reunion to see who has failed. Or gotten fat.

Especially if I am the person everyone decides has failed and gotten fat.

Up to this point in my life, I have successfully avoided any and all reunions.

Yet I can’t escape them. Every time I turn around there is an invitation to one.

Why do people keep planning these events? 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, 10 years, 15 years, 20 years, classes from the 80′s, classes from the 90′s, graduate school alumni’… where does the madness stop???

These aren’t reunions, they are appointments.

I am a busy man.

My schedule is jam packed. Actually, that isn’t true.

My schedule seems to be wide open.

You would think a group of my old friends from high school would call and want to get together and talk about old times.

Unless of course, they don’t like reunions.

Maybe I’m not the only one.

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10 Responses to “Class Reunions. Pick a Side.”

  1. Mary K Champane
    on Apr 28th, 2009
    @ 7:45 pm

    Wow! I’ve always felt the same way and have never gone to any even though I was really involved in my highschool life at the time. Interesting.
    If I had some close relationship it would have stayed close.

    Yeah, I’m not sitting on the fence–I’m not going to any class reunions
    (At least at 62, I don’t think I am!)

    Just discovered your blog. Thanks for putting it out there.

  2. Velma Davis
    on Apr 29th, 2009
    @ 6:35 am

    I absolutely agree. My classmates from HS just found me on FaceBook and one has stated her lifes goal is to find every one of our graduating class and get pictures of us. (I’m not making this up! That is a ‘life’s goal?!) I get pressure from my family to go to reunions and friends. I detest them even though I enjoyed a perfectly normal HS experience and enjoy life… I do not live in the yesterday moments. I have moved on and enjoy today and tomorrow. I just keep thinking…get a life and move on, folks.
    Love your blog.
    How is the dog?!

  3. Tim
    on Apr 29th, 2009
    @ 6:14 pm

    Ok, so I’m with you on this one… I went to my 10th and spent the whole time playing with the neighborhood kids who were using the park. Nothing like middle school game of rat ball to take your mind off the cruel and unusual things those people over there did to you ten years ago…

    I don’t need no stinking reunion…

  4. Angie
    on Apr 30th, 2009
    @ 6:48 am

    I’m hoping this isn’t a result of bad high school memories. I, on the other hand, am really looking forward to my 20th this summer. I’ve been reconnecting with my old friends on Facebook and remembering our good times together. I think there’s less pressure to look good and pretend you’re something you’re not at 38. Either way, I don’t really care what others think about me, but I will love seeing those people again. And, because of Facebook, I’m able to have almost daily converstations and exchanges with those people, and several of us are planning to get together now that we’ve found each other.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Angie, Loved high school, but I can distinctly remember thinking when it was over… it was over. As I said in your email… high school was sort of like my trip to the circus as a kid… fun to do once… but I wouldn’t go back :) .

    Have a good time at your reunion.

    I must admit that I have never been on Facebook.

  5. Sheila
    on May 20th, 2009
    @ 8:02 am

    I have never been to a class reunion but now, as the 40th approaches, I find I really want to see people, if only for an evening. I can’t explain it, but I think something happens as the nest gets empty and there is time to reflect and you no longer care if you are fat or a failure because, after 40 years, everyone has been “rode hard and put up wet” in one way or another. The rich guy has had several miserable marriages and is lonely. The Beauty Queen has a severely disabled child. And by the 50th, actuarial tables say half of your graduating class will be dead.
    Go and let the peole who remember you say how happy they are to see you. I suspect they really mean it.

  6. Wayne S
    on Dec 25th, 2009
    @ 6:55 am

    Hi, I have gone through the same situation with the high school reunion. There are some people who love these but I detest the idea of seeing some people that didn`t care about anyway. I hated high school with a passion. Why would I want to see people brag about all the wonderful things they have done. I must move on.

  7. Reunion Manager
    on Jan 8th, 2010
    @ 6:13 am

    So none of you want to use

    I assume

  8. Ripshin
    on Jul 17th, 2010
    @ 3:22 pm

    As I type this, I am skipping my 30th HS reunion this weekend – gladly. I went to the 10th – no trauma, but also, strange. I missed the 20th and 25th. My old “Big Chill” group has dissolved (six people) – we stopped speaking regularly after one of our “members” died, and we attended his funeral. Maybe he was the glue holding us together, or maybe, most everyone in the group has turned into a Facebook yammering idiot. These former cool friends now type the most inane things, and I cannot believe that they are the same people with whom I once spent so much time. And after the last few reunions, all they could talk about in e-mails was how everyone looked. Sad.

    I was Valedictorian, but not into sports or clubs. I have no bad or wonderful memories of those four years. But, it’s history. I WOULD love to see my old teachers, but most have moved or died, and maybe one is ever invited to those things.

    Interestingly, my father just attended his 60th, and loved it. My mother will attend her 55th next year.

    I will find out how my 30th went, through a @*#@ Facebook page they created. (I deactivate my account after every visit.) I guess I can’t say that I am TOTALLY not interested – just not enough to actually go….

  9. Gerard O'Farrell
    on Apr 14th, 2011
    @ 9:41 am

    I’m with you on this one!

    There’s two types of people in this world, my friends: those who have lives to live and those who go to reunions.

    I despise all reunions. The past, good, bad or so-so (and it is always all 3) belongs safely in the past. One should live firmly in the present and create new experiences.

    I wouldn’t mind reunions if renioners weren’t such bullies about it. If you don’t want to go, they should respect that and leave it along.

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