20 Year Reunion Reflections - If Only I'd Have Know
Now that the event is over and there's been time to reflect, there are things I wish I'd have known ahead that would have taken away that pre-reunion anxiety completely. Here are a few of those observations...
- People will remember you--no matter what kind of complex you have developed over your adult years about being forgotten and unimportant. You will realize this immediately when you walk up at the picnic to see a childhood friend and neighbor who you really didn't talk with much in high school rush over to hug you and talk about childhood memories.
- Everyone will look older, balder, fatter, and yet everyone will be recognizable minus one or two faces that have drastically changed.
- The sweet hometown boy who used to call you in the 7th grade and listen to all your tales of woe over crushes gone awry will show up now a bread delivery man who has kept up with everyone in your class and even many in the other classes close to yours and can tell you detailed stories about each and every one of them.
- You will not be the most overweight person at your reunion. Not by a long shot. In fact, at one point some of the more overweight people will openly classify you in with the "skinny people" who were on the back row of the class reunion photo. This will thrill you to no end...
- The dorky boy that made you laugh in school but usually went unnoticed or got picked on will suddenly be the hit of the reunion, cracking jokes and serving margaritas to everyone. All the popular crowd will be so surprised at how funny he is--something you knew all along.
- And, the childhood friend who hurt you most and took you for granted often--the one who swore she'd never come back to your town especially not for a reunion? Well, she will show up and tell you that you are the main reason she came and that she holds all those childhood memories so dear, and touch you with all the things she still remembers.
- The really boring, but most popular girl in the class still will not have more than two words to say to you. She will leave only an hour into the reunion and act as bored with everyone as ever. Everyone will still act like she's a goddess for some reason that you still will not understand.
- The state champion sports star you most wanted to be like in high school will still look exactly the same and will be training for her next marathon.
- However, she will be among the two girls that you are very convinced have had boob jobs. There will be one very big girl who announced to everyone she's had breast reduction in a very awkward moment.
- The brilliant and dear boy who kept you in stitches senior year will not show up because he's commanding troops in Afghanistan. This will make you quite sad and yet comforted all at the same time.
- The party girl you befriended in typing class will be unrecognizable by her weight and will barely say hello and then snub you fiercely as if she is superior to you. For some reason, you find this sort of entertaining when it probably would have really irritated you in high school.
- The kind-hearted neighbor boy who rang your doorbell and cried on your mom's shoulder during his parents' divorce will still be just a big old teddy bear.
- The teachers you adored will all come to see your class and gosh, they will look so old.
- Your college roommate and pal from grade school will still be the caretaker/mother hen, making sure every detail is taken care of for the reunion and hovering around to make sure everyone had the best time. And, thanks to her, everyone will.
- The person you considered a best friend of high school days who betrayed and hurt you in college will not show up and will openly snub all those who try to convince her to come. Reports at the party will surface and expose that she is, in fact, a self-centered beeotch that no one really likes anymore. As petty as this sounds, this will also kind of make you smugly content.
- The same old stories will be told, but they will be fun to revisit. Some of the new stories you will hear are only because you didn't party in those days at all. But, no one will acknowledge this or tease you for that and you will feel like you fit right in laughing at them all.
In short, MomCat, you had nothing to worry about at all. You will be complemented and noticed enough for your appearance to up your self-esteem for months. You will smile the entire night. You will get warm and gushy feelings about all of these people and it won't be from the 'ritas or the PMS.
Later, you will get a little teary just remembering the whole day. The day that you learned that looking back can reveal some new things about yourself that you never realized before and that there are so many more blessings growing up in a small town than you ever could have imagined back when you were 17.
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