A reader’s perspective of the high school reunion
It’s June and that seems to be a pivotal month in many ways. I always here about June weddings, or graduations from schools, the beginning of summer and then of course the reunions. Have you ever been to a reunion? Kim and I both had a milestone this past summer and we debated whether to go or not. In the end we opted not due to travel and all the other things in life that can get in the way. I think I probably would have had more fun at Kim’s reunion than my own just because it would offer me a view into her younger life and friends. Our high school careers, though happening at the same time, seem to be so different! In a good way. A way that makes sharing our past that much more fun. Attending my high school reunion though, I think, would have been a lot more traumatic. The stress of seeing people I knew but weren’t really friends with. The wondering if I had accomplished enough using their lives as markers. Then the awkward, “I didn’t know you were gay!” comments.
I used high school more as a stepping stone to college. Actually, I don’t really think that I had much of choice, it was just always a thing- I was going to go to college. One in particular caught my eye and high school was just a means of getting there. I didn’t have a lot of friends, played lots of sports, spent a lot of time with my family, and didn’t date. It wasn’t until I was IN college that it sort of all came together, I like girls!
So luckily I wouldn’t have to face any ex’s when returning to a high school reunion. Actually, not any crushes either. No unrequited love from high school in my life. But if I did, I would want it to be like those in our lesfic novels! The buried deep attraction from high school similar to Jennifer and Heather’s in Linda Hill’s Class Reunion. Would that be a good thing to have a second chance to make that impression? Then there is the overlooked opportunities of Angel and Rett while they are in high school. Now grown up and almost unrecognizable to each other they get to attend their high school reunion in Karin Kallmaker’s Unforgettable. Now if those types of experiences were in my high school history, then I might attend a reunion to see if it was still there. Wouldn’t you? There are just so many ways that a reunion could go. I hope that my high school reunion would be more like that of Carly in KG MacGregor’s The House of Sandstone where going to the reunion is a better opportunity than the one that was available while in high school. A chance to be the bigger person in a small town environment.
One thing I do know for sure is that many of my classmates have grown into amazing, kind individuals. As I prepare to spend this week riding down the coast of California to raise awareness and support for the fight to END AIDS, I truly recognize how awesome my classmates truly are. Out of a class of 125 I had 10% of them donate to my ride! Pretty amazing! For that I would go back to my reunion!
Are there more stories out there with a high school reunion? I’m thinking it could be the source of some comical situations. At least I would hope mine would be more laughs than stress though I’m thinking all the stress would come beforehand. Have you been to any of your high school reunions? If so, was a woman involved?