I guess, with Covid-19 continuing to be a problem1, a lot of class reunions will likely be canceled, depriving many people who graduated 25, 30, 40, 50 etc. years ago of seeing their friends from high school (or college) and catching up with them. They won’t have a chance to see who got fat, who lost their hair, who’s been married, divorced, had children, had surgery, had cosmetic surgery2, is ill, and who has died.
Sure, it’s a fun party, but to hear some people talk about it, it’s the biggest pain in the neck getting ready for it. My question is, if it’s that much trouble, why do it?
Seriously: when you graduated high school3, wasn’t the last thing on your mind continuing to see the people you couldn’t stand when you were in class together? If they were insufferable at 18, what makes you think they won’t be insufferable at 38? If they hated you then, what are the chances that they won’t hate you now? Slim, fat, and no.
If there’s one good thing about social media, it’s that you have a chance to see the people you knew back then without having to actually speak face-to-face with them. I stumbled into a group on Facebook that was for the Class of 1974 from my alma mater, New Trier West High School4 in beautiful Northfield, Illinois.
I saw a few people I hung out with back then, chatted with them briefly, caught up with who had died (close to 10% of my graduating class), then logged off Facebook and haven’t been back. That was more than enough for people I hadn’t seen in 40+ years. (I do have a couple of friends from high school, but we don’t need a reunion to stay in touch.)
Your experience might be different. I didn’t have an especially good time in high school, but maybe you did. Maybe you like to see people you’d lost touch with and renew old friendships. If so, mazel tov. The point is, no one should feel they have to attend their reunion.
- I wrote this at the beginning of April. Barring a miracle, we’re probably still in self-quarantine.
- Especially bad cosmetic surgery.
- Or college, or whatever the equivalent is where you live.
- There were two high schools in the district, East and West. A few years after I graduated, enrollment had dropped to where they could condense all the students into one school, which happened to be East. The West campus was vacant and used as a backdrop in John Hughes’s movie Uncle Buck. Enrollment returned to a level where all the students could no longer fit in East, so they reopened West as a “freshman” campus.