This past weekend my husband and I attended his 20 year high school reunion. I know what you’re thinking: he’s old as hell, right? Gah! Where did 20 years go in the blink of an eye? I remember a time not too long ago when 20 years was an entire lifetime for me, and now, I’ve lived that life nearly two times. Weird.
With so much life lived since those classic days in the 1990’s, are high school reunions even relevant anymore? When that invitation comes in the mail you ponder the question that every person in your senior class also ponders… hmm…my high school reunion: to go or not to go?
It all boils down to a few things: geography, how many old classmates you care to revisit, and your penchant for nostalgia. Jeff has some good buddies from his graduating class that he still keeps up with regularly, so for him it was all about a good stroll down memory lane and throwing back a few beers over old stories. Jeff was two years older than me in high school but I knew a good handful of people in his senior class so I also looked forward to catching up with some familiar faces. And we live close enough that the short drive was no big deal, so why not go?
How Facebook makes reunions better
With the help of Facebook, these re-introductions to faces 20 years later was A LOT easier. If you share a decent bit of your life on Facebook than people already know the basics… you have a couple kids, they’re cute as hell, you’re a stay at home mom, or a world traveler for your busy sales job — whatever it may be. So you don’t have to spend a huge amount of time with some 5 minute elevator speech about who you are now.
I remember when I had my 10 year reunion I felt a sense of pride telling people that I was a Marketing Analyst for Macy’s and I worked in San Francisco. Smart job title, check! Recognizable company, check! Awesome city, all the checks!! But now I’m a stay at home mom in Indianapolis and I didn’t have impressive credentials anymore. I thought about how boring it’ll be to say I stay home, but honestly, not a single person asked me what I did! Either because they already knew or just didn’t care, but it was kind of a breath of fresh air.
I felt like people were just super chill. All the moms were happy as hell to be on a date night, thrilled to have some drinks and let loose! There was no pissing contest; who has the best job, who makes the most money, or who drove up in the best hooptie. No one was still walking on water because they caught the winning catch in the championship game, and no one was still the popular kid. Everyone was just nice and jovial. That’s the way it should be.
I have to admit I fretted about losing weight and looking my best for this occasion, because who doesn’t want to look and feel their best at a reunion, right? But I realized I definitely over-thought that whole thing! I mean, everyone is in their late 30’s here, we all have kids, no one is a 25 year old super model, so seriously, stress less about the damn diet!!!
Took a outfit pic in the only full length mirror at my parent’s house, the gym mirror! Yellow dress is from Banana Republic, denim vest is from Old Navy, peep-toe Tom’s booties from Nordstrom, and jewelry and clutch are Stella & Dot!
So the moral of my story is that reunions take on a different meaning for different folks. Some people want to see old friends, some people may have something to prove, and some people are simply curious about what everyone looks like and is doing all these years later. But all in all; it’s a good time. They played classic 90’s hip hop and R&B, and some of us laughed when they played the non-censored version of Eazy-E’s “Boyz-N-The Hood!” Talk about blast from the muthaf*ckin past!!! We had a sit down dinner — the polish buffet was actually pretty damn good! And the night ended with a dance train to AC/DC! If you can swing it geographically, I say go to your next high school reunion! What do you have to lose?