Do you attend high school class reunions? Or, for that matter, does your particular class even have reunions? Next Avenue posted an article to Facebook, written by a woman who is getting ready to attend her 50th high school graduation reunion in St. Louis. She is 68 years old and has attended almost all of her reunions, and enjoyed them. I think I can understand why.
The writer goes on and on about all of her high school friends with whom she has either stayed in contact or as made their reacquaintance in the past decades. She seems to know them well, having even seen some face to face in San Francisco where she currently lives. She and her classmates have grown old together, sharing their lives. I cannot say that for my high school friends.
The class of 1970 has had one reunion–the 10th. We enjoyed catching up with one another, but because it had only been 10 years, we still had a lot to connect us. Most of us had finished college, gotten married and started a family. Terry and I had just bought a house so I compared notes with others who were buying homes. One high school friend had a child the same age as Jennifer, and we laughed at how difficult parenthood was, what with a job and taking care of a house.
I have lost touch with ALL my high school classmates. I live only 25 miles from the small town in which I grew up, and some, like me, are still in the area. I don’t see them or hear from them. I’ve not located any of them on social media. Oh, I take that back. One of my closest friends in high school disappeared while in college (literally). It was only decades later that I found him, though Facebook, living in Palm Springs and performing as a drag queen. He is quite beautiful, enviably so. Perhaps he could entertain at a class reunion.
I highly doubt that there will be a 50th class reunion in 2020, and I highly doubt I would go if there was one. We’ve all gone separate ways. Doing different things. Not much in common any more except for those four years we spent at the same high school in a small farm town. What would we talk about?