I’ll admit this: At first, I didn’t want to go to my 30-Year High School reunion. At all. You may have even read about it here. But, I was free that night, had friends who were insisting I go, and I lived only a half hour away. So, I basically had no choice but to go. As the date drew closer, I became slightly more excited. In other words, I was more excited about going to the reunion than to the dentist, but less excited about going versus say, to a day at the spa.
I’ve learned it’s always good to go into much anticipated events with low expectations. That way you can never be too disappointed. And as it turned out, not only did that strategy work, but the event far exceeded my expectations, even if they were way, way down there. So yes, it was definitely A LOT more fun than going to the dentist and almost on par with going to a spa. Here were my top ten favorite moments of the night:
- Feeling like I was speed-dating. I had lots of two-minute conversations, because there were so many of us there, and not enough time to talk to everyone. I am now well-prepared for BlogHer if I decide to attend the business card swap session, which is apparently like speed-dating.
- Being told I looked the same as in high school. Who wouldn’t love that comment, right? Of course, if you saw my senior yearbook photo, you’d wonder if that was actually a compliment.
- Receiving sincere condolences from classmates about the recent passing of my mom. My friends from high school probably knew my mom better than any other friends I’ve met during the course my life. These friends spent many afternoons and nights at my house, and they all clearly remembered that I had the “cool” mom, who didn’t mind if my friends smoked cigarettes with her, and who didn’t think twice if my friends called her “Ethel” instead of Mrs. Mitty, and who was always there to listen to us. My mom handled those treacherous high school years with the perfect balance of parenting and friendship.
- Drinking and not throwing up hours later like I did back in the day. Maybe it’s the fact that I generally stick to white wine or that I spread out my drinking over five hours. Either way, it may have taken me 30 years, but at least I now drink responsibly. Usually.
- Laughing like I was 17 again. I regressed a little at the event. Okay, maybe a lot. There I was, running around with my high school besties, and all of a sudden, I reverted back to my 17-year old self, making immature comments and giggling about private jokes from so long ago.
- Crying like I was 17 again. There were a few old friends I had not seen since high school graduation. One in particular started to cry when she saw me, along with another friend. Immediately, my tears started too. It doesn’t take much to make me cry, but still, it was a great moment.
- Noticing the people who weren’t there. For those of you who missed the reunion, you WERE missed and we DID notice. My original attitude was that I thought I’d only care about seeing my closest friends, but I realized that wasn’t at all the case. There were classmates missing who I definitely would have liked to see and talk to.
- Receiving compliments on my blog. I was flattered (and shocked) that some of my classmates actually read or have read my blog. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
- Realizing that the “mean” girls did not stay mean forever and also that karma can be a bitch. I won’t go into more detail than that, but let’s just say, if you ignored me (or worse) in high school, I’m more than okay with that now.
- Not wanting to go to the reunion quickly transformed into not wanting to leave. “Don’t leave me,” was the first sentence uttered to me by one of my friends as we entered the reunion, as we both felt overwhelmed and nervous. We looked out at a sea of people and felt like we wouldn’t recognize anyone. Slowly, the familiar faces came into focus and although there were some people whose names we were unsure of, we felt a lot more at ease after everyone started wearing their name tags. By the end of the night, we didn’t want to leave.
Have you attended any high school or college reunions and if so, were you happy you went?