Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The Reunion Review
I chatted with several people that I now have many things in common with, that in high school, I did not. I reminisced with my old school Kenna Elementary kids, about old times and growing up together. I chatted with good friends about seeing everyone. I had a few drinks, a little food, and watched the slide show full of pictures from then to now. It was nice to see how much everyone has grown, and how far we have all come. It was nice to hear of accomplishments and families. It was nice to hear that people actually read and like this blog! I am just kidding...but not really.
When I began anticipating my reunion attendance, I wondered what to expect. I mainly wanted to go to see my friends and people I grew up with. I, as were we all, a little excited and a little nervous about seeing all of the people from high school. I wondered if "the popular crowd" would still act like "the popular crowd" 20 years later, or if they had evolved into caring, welcoming, human beings as grown ups. I wondered if the "keg party" good old boys would be the same. I wondered if all the success that our graduating class has generated went to their heads, or made them humble and thankful. I think we had a little bit of all of the above.
My husband was talking to someone and jokingly said, "I see you don't have a badge, so your not one of them?" that pretty much sums it up. As my hilarious father put it, there are two kinds of people. The wine and cheese crowd and the keg party crowd. GWHS was the wine and cheese crowd versus the keg party crowd, that are most high schools. I found this too funny as well as true. My best friend from college, Julie, had her Woodrow Wilson 20 year High School Reunion the same night. They rented a bar the first night. And had a live band with dancing at a country club the second night. They actually danced! We had a mini-sternwheeler ride the first night, and a cocktail party on the Charleston Tennis Club lawn and in the clubhouse the second night. Okay, I give up! Daddy, your right! We are the wine and cheese crowd. I personally like both! I can put on my refined, sophisticated, lady panties when I need to, and party like a rockstar at the good old country boy get togethers too!
In review, I think everybody had a great time. I was most impressed with a few quiet shy people that grew up and came out of their shells. Several former shy people, made everyone feel quite welcome! Me included! I chatted with quite a few people who I was not particularly close to in high school. Everybody grows up and most of us lose the people "comfort zone." Some people actually tried to step outside the box with me, but had a little difficulty. Props to them for trying, I have faith that by 25 or 30 year reunion, you might master the art of conversation with everybody. Then you had the same old people that hung out with the same old people. I was a sometimes quiet, shy good girl in high school. (At least for those who did not know me well...hah!) Although I cannot to seem to ever remember myself shutting up for long. I have grown into a people person, and can make conversation with anybody, about anything. Even if I do not care for them. Some people I am sad to say, as reported by several friends, have never come out of their shell. Some still cannot step outside their "clique-y" high school comfort zones, or just are elitist enough to just not want to, or care. I guess some things or people never change. Didn't bother me, I had a ball! I did not get a chance to say hello to and chat with everybody that was in attendance. If I missed you, I apologize! Hope everybody has recuperated by now! We are not as young as we once were!