Thursday, July 28, 2005

Blast from the Past

I went to my high school reunion last weekend. Was it my 5 year, my 10 year, you ask? No, I’m 8 years out of high school (Let’s Go West High’97!). My school, Norman County West High (Go Panthers!), in northern MN was so small (my class had 24 kids, the whole school grades 7-12 had about 200 kids) that every 5 years they have an “All School Reunion” where everyone who ever went to school there is invited back. I swear- they had 3 people from the class of 1933 stand up for a round of applause.

So here I am, 8 years out of high school, graduated from college, real job, house, just married to the best man in the world- why not go back and brag and see how much better I am than everyone else? Just kidding, just kidding!! I keep in contact with 2 good friends from high school and loosely with maybe a half dozen more, so I wondered what happened to everybody else.

I went, I saw, I conquered! OK, actually, I went, chatted with the others that showed up, looked at the old year book and prophecy, gossiped about the people who weren’t there, drank like the old days, saw a bunch of people I didn’t know, walked around town, checked out the school. The most fun was looking at the yearbook with my classmates and catching up. The least fun was the hangover Sunday morning. ;)

I’m glad I went. I’m glad my hubby came with. I’m glad I got to talk to and see so many folks. I had a good time. Will I go again? Dunno. I think now I’ve been there, done that.

What are your thoughts on reunions?


Fred said...

I very much enjoyed my 10 year reunion. I was still close to many of the graduating class, so it was a blast.

I went to my 20 year reunion, and had a so-so time. I briefly chatted with many people, and then settled in for a fun night with the gang I hung out with at school.

This year, my 30th is actually this week. I'm skipping it due to work commitments. I think it made the decision easier, as I wasn’t too keen to go.

I keep in close touch with those really good friends from high school, and even got together with three of them last summer. So, I think the only reunions I'll be going to are the type that just have my close friends.

Jen said...

Yeah, I don't know...I'm kind of a "leave the past in the past" kind of girl. I mean, I'm in touch with Kacey and Kishelle, my two closest friends my high school. I think, if you don't go to your 10 year (which is what happened to me), then you're kind of screwed for all the future ones. Is anyone gonna really remember me in another 10 years? Hell, for that matter, would they have remembered me at this one?

Renee said...

Yeah, I'd never go to any of mine... I just feel like if there were people I'd want to see or talk to, I would. I just did not like most of the people I went to school with.

But I'm happy for those who do go and who have a great time :-)

John's never been to any of his, either... his 20 (gasp!) will be in '07; I'm sure we won't go to that, either. He's the same way-- the people he gives a shit about are still in his life.

Nik said...

I'm with you girls on this, I won't go to any reunion. All the people I want to see when I was there, I know how to get a hold of them. Besides,the majority of my friends in high school didn't even go to my school, or were already out of school (for one reason or another, hehehe). The way I see it, I didn't like these people when I went to school, why do I wanna see them now? I think the concept of reunions is cool and it probably would be fun to go to one, but I just don't care enough.

Anna said...

I think what I really got out of the reunion experience is just what all of you are saying- The old classmates I really care about are still in my life because we've made the effort to stay close and in touch.

I did enjoy catching up a few who I'd lost touch with so I'm gald I went. It was fun to go back to my old home town and bring my husband.

But the old classmates I care about and who care about me have stayed in my life and will stay in my life. They're the ones I want to see and hang out with. And I do! :)

LocuTus of Borg said...

Reunions are definitely the place to go brag when you have the chance. Especially if those kids that everyone thought would be so successful is working at McDonald's (no offense to anyone). I have only kept in touch with 2 or 3 people from high school and 2 of them are my best friends. I went to high school in Boise, Idaho, so being down in Florida, most people figure I dropped off the face of the planet.

I actually went to my 10 year reunion and like Fred it was so-so. The thing that interested me the most was that most of the people there were exactly the same. They still had the same mannerism and still had not progressed anywhere in life. My 20 year is coming up in 2009 only 4 years away. I feel so old (sorry Fred no offense to you either heehee). I will go to 20 year reunion, because I do want to show people that I have become successful in life albiet a couple divorces - I am exactly where I want to be in life.

keesh said...

And i say, if you don't go to one you can't say for sure how you would feel about it or not.

I had all kinds of preconceived ideas about how it would be, but like it or not, high school was a large part of my life and I chose to go and figured, worst case scenario, I could walk out the door. But it ended up being such a great time. Everyone changes, it isn't the same as high school.

Jen - no need to psyche yourself out of another reunion yet. GEESH.

Renee said...

You're right, Kish-- you never really know unless you go. While I've said that there's nobody I'd care to see (except Lisa Glupker), there are actually a few guys I wouldn't mind talking to-- mostly ones from our elementary school, but I digress :-) Like Benny Guerrero and Brian Hieftje (sp?), who I was acquanited with in school, but actually became friends with after, while working at Target. Still, it's like I would talk to them if I saw them, and I'm sure it would be fun to catch up, but it's not a burning desire, ya know?

Fred said...

LoB - no offense taken. I'm older than dirt.

Anna said...

Fred baby, I keep telling you you're only in your mid-twenties. What do I gotta do?! Man.

Kish & Renee- I totally agree with you- You gotta go try it or you'll never know. That's one of the reasons I'm glad I went, that and I had a really fun time! :)