The reunion was in the planning stages back in April of this year, I had all these plans to get back on track with diet and exercise to bring my best self to the reunion. The plans were well intended, and on occasion, we did get to the gym but truth be told, there was no real success with weight loss. Eh. I can live with it.
We arrived at the event location, checked in and picked up our name tags. It took me a minute to locate my name tag, as I was not sure if it was listed by my maiden name or married name. It was listed by my married name, with my maiden name included.
Most of the people chatted in the lobby of the venue while other classmates were arriving. It was interesting to see how people were interacting. There were those who kept to themselves watching others. And then there were those who were like butterflies and mingled successfully with just about everyone. Just like high school!
What I noticed for me is that I recognized more people than recognized me. It could have been that this was my first reunion and they were unsure who I was. I could have been that I had gaps of attendance during my junior year of high school and I had a fall from grace from my clique that was mostly the involved in everything group because of those absences. I found that once I got a car, I would rather go shopping then go to school. It is a wonder I did graduate.
|Me between two friends from junior high.|
FaceBook helped us to stay connected and see a peek into each of our lives on a regular basis. We had the commonality of talking about watching each of our families grow up on FB and that was a part of our conversation and helped with the awkwardness, at least for me.
After all is said and done, I will try harder to stay in touch, as in face to face conversations with a couple of friends. These girls were friends from junior high and I still feel a special connection with them. For me, when you are young, raising a family right out of high school and working like crazy to keep things afloat there really is no time for the friends you had in high school. All of my energy was directed at my family. I think that is true for many of us.
Overall, attending the reunion was a positive experience and I so appreciate the effort of those that worked so hard to make it a success. It was a challenge for my social awkwardness, but as they say, "fake it until you make it" and I have that skill down pat.
Will I go to our 50th reunion? Yes, I will. If the good Lord sees fit to keep me here on earth I will make the best of each day He gives me and give Him the glory.