Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Christina, Me, Sue - Graduation Day
Last week was eventful.  I went to my high school reunion on Saturday - my 40th.  Yep, Class of 1972.  Just imagine, if you can, what it was like to start high school during the "Summer of Love" and to graduate the month they finally stopped drafting young men to Vietnam.

People of my specific age group had one foot in the 1950's and the other in the turbulent 60's and 70's.  I always felt torn between my traditional upbringing and the more demanding world I was being offered.  I would blame the times for my lack of focus and inability to figure out my life's goals - except I am surrounded by women (and men) who managed to excel.

In high school I was editor of the newspaper for a while, I was deeply involved in student government, I helped plan dances and a recycling center on the campus. At the reunion - I was a non-entity for the most part.  I loved going with my friends Christina and Sue.  Sue even spent the night at my house so we had a long visit.  Christina and I had our photo taken together as we have at all the reunions (I always make her go.) I missed other old friends who were not there.  There was one woman who remembered me though I didn't recognise her.  There were a handful I remembered who looked blankly at me.

People I didn't know!  We had a class of about 800 students.
 All in all I am glad I went.  Having the event as an afternoon picnic was a huge improvement over the evening dinner dances held in the past. The socializing was more natural and easy going. They are planning a 60th birthday bash in two years instead of waiting another 10 for a reunion.  I'll probably go - can't seem to quit them.


knittergran said...

Congrats on going! I've never gone to any reunions. My sister went to one, had a good time, AND was voted "Most improved." !!!
She didn't want to ask WTF that meant!

smalltownme said...

I've found people are friendlier to me at the reunions than they ever were to me in high school. Odd.

Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

My 25th is in a few weeks and I'm bummed that it's one of those overpriced lame evening dinner/dance events.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I'm glad you had fun. I haven't been yet, but I did go the night before deal this time--30th--and meh.