Article: Roving Reporter: High School Reunions: I Go To My High School Reunions

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By Brenda Essig on November 14, 2011

Have you attended any of your school's class reunions? If yes, did you enjoy it? If no, feel free to say why not!

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Nov 13, 2011 9:05 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
I had a circle of friends in High School, and we are still close. Now, after more than 45 years, those of us who can, still get together for lunch a few times a year. But that's just a half dozen or so of us.

Other than my circle, I didn't speak to too many classmates. I was shy. Never really felt like anyone wanted to know me. Probably the usual insecurities that I'll bet most of us felt.

I went to a few reunions, and dragged my husband along for moral support. Still didn't talk to very many people, but little by little, I began to feel like I was forming a bond with them. And I think it was at the 40th that I really felt accepted and liked and I knew at last that we were all on an equal playing field. Those who were popular had matured and were less self-centered. And those who had felt left out of the loop back then, were able to make the friendships that they lacked in High School. I found myself talking to (and getting to know) a lot of nice people! I wrote an open email to the entire class afterwards, thanking them for their friendship and telling them that it felt more like a "family" reunion than a "class" reunion.

I joined the planning committee for the 45th. I made a slideshow presentation which ran continuously throughout the evening. I felt at home with my classmates. Now there are a lot of us who have a mini-reunion every summer. It's a wonderful time.

So regardless of what your high school days were like, I suggest you give your High School reunions a chance. You might be pleasantly surprised. I have a philosophy that "You get out of something, just as much as you put into it." Whether it's a pet, a marriage, a job, a reunion....etc. If you want it to work, it probably will. But you have to make the effort.
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Nov 13, 2011 9:32 PM CST
Name: Sharon
Kentucky
I think Nap is right! Absolutely right. And I'll take it a little farther: It's the same with life: 'you get out of it what you put into it.'

I realize now, but maybe didn't realize then, that most people have some insecurities and the insecurities hold them back, keep them from participating, keep them from gathering friends close. And sometimes it's those same insecurities that create the loud mouth in them, make them seem obnoxious. It's like that even now, we still have insecurities. We still have those that crave attention, even in our older age. But I think it's up to us to place value on everybody who crosses our path, because everybody has something to offer. It might not be huge, but it will be an offering.

When I say 'everybody', I'm not talking about the world's worst offenders, I'm talking about everyday people, ordinary people. If somebody is stalking you in a dark alley I doubt he has much to offer. But in everyday life, people treat us as we treat them.

Just like Nap said, we need to give others a chance. And in the end, I'll bet that other person will be so glad to have your friendship. Our teenage years were difficult enough.

Ha. I sound like a Pollyanna, and I'm anything but. Life is just too short to carry negatives around with us, and even now when somebody says something hurtful to me, I try to get over it as fast as I can. Life is just simply too short to dwell on things that really don't matter.

I went to my 10 year HS class reunion years ago. Last summer I went to my 50th. I regret that I was unable to go during those interim years. I missed out on a lot. Same with college. I only started going to my college reunions just about 4 years ago. I had missed out on so much, but it sure was fun to catch up. And I'm much closer to all of them now than I was years ago.

Thanks Zany and those who were asked, nice article; Nap, thank you for your insight.

ImageZanymuse
Nov 13, 2011 10:09 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
This was a fun question to ask people about. After leaving this area for over 30 years I have found it very interesting to see how so many of the people I attended school with have progressed over the years. Many of them are still here where their families have been for generations. Some are doing the same work now that was done by their fathers and grandfathers. Some of their children and grand children are now taking over those same jobs. This was a company town until a couple years ago and the houses were rented only to employees of the company. When the worker retired they had to move out...unless of course, another family member in the home still worked for the company. As a result, there were families that occupied the same house for several generations.

This made my return into an ongoing reunion as I am still greeted by former classmates who say " Hey, I know you! You went to school with me." or "Are you one of the kids from my English class? We had a couple classes together...where did you disappear to...?"

It is funny. Back then I felt like an outsider and was often treated as one because we didn't have that generational claim to the area. When I returned I was treated as a long lost branch of the local crowd. The school reunions here though are off limits to me because I was not here to graduate with them...but I just might crash the 50 year reunion Big Grin
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Imagevic
Nov 14, 2011 11:15 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I've never attended a specific reunion but one year my high school had an -any year- reunion and it was FUN!

I went with my older sister to one of hers and it was fun as well.

I'm still in touch with my junior high/high school friends and we get together at least once a year and stay in touch via the internet. With the exception of two of us, one in FL and me in NC, they are all in the same town where I grew up and we all went to school.

Fun article to read Zany Thumbs up
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Nov 14, 2011 5:57 PM CST
Name: Arlene Marshall
Twin Lakes, IA & Orange, CA
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The article turned out very interesting. Thank you for writing it, Zany!
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Nov 15, 2011 4:54 PM CST
Name: Becky Capps
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Zany, thanks for a fun article! I was happy to share my thoughts with you.

I wanted to add this, after reading it.
I graduated in 1970 and many from my class have remained extremely close. As I mentioned in the article, the cliques are long gone and we all embraced one another. I have made new friends as a result of the reunion. At my school, each "group" was made up of kids that were close to one another. So while maybe the jocks didn't associate much with the chess club people, as the reunions progress we all shed those labels. Even the very shy kids contacted me and said they did have fun and felt welcomed. We have a photographer that took formal photos and random ones too. Plus we had a photo booth like the old drug stores had. So cool! And last, we made a reunion year book, filled with all of the photos. I was given the task of creating a cartoon map for the cover, showing all the "hot spots" we went to as teenagers.

Like Nancy said, sometimes just going to a reunion will open new doors and new friendships!

Again, thanks so much Zany~
ImageRoadrunner
Nov 15, 2011 5:22 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

Since my HS was small and has been closed for years evey 3 years they have an "all school reunion:. I have been to only 4 of mine, but enjoy them very much. I was like Nap...shy! YES I WAS TOO....

Three years ago I took my then 13 YO with me on a trip back East since he had not met many of my relatives. He was a most handsome escort.

A few years ago a friend in Va Beach told me "you will like Dickie's new GF....she's from WV too. When I met her that night it was a gal that was in Band with me and a year behind me in ;school.

Here we are at the reunion 3 years ago. Barbara and Jo....she's the one that dyes her hair...LOL

PS.....she married our friend Dickie!!Thumb of 2011-11-15/Roadrunner/2202e4
ImageZanymuse
Nov 15, 2011 5:38 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Well most of us shed the labels Whistling I have met up with a few who have never matured to that point Rolling on the floor laughing
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Nov 15, 2011 6:11 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
"Barbara and Jo....she's the one that dyes her hair...LOL"

Jo! You do crack me up!!
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Nov 15, 2011 6:56 PM CST
Name: Becky Capps
Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Rolling on the floor laughing Jo!
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Nov 17, 2011 9:47 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
What a fun article this turned out to be, Brenda! Enjoyed all the comments as well. Just goes to show, it takes all kinds... Smiling
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Nov 17, 2011 11:47 AM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Thanks Larry, It has been fun! The different experiences and how the experiences were perceived are interesting. If we were all the same...who would we have to talk about!
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Nov 18, 2011 1:04 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
Exactly.
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Nov 21, 2011 7:01 PM CST
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX
Just a couple of the high school reunions. I was always a loner in public schools. I was probably just way too different and the family moved a lot early in my schooling. Still, I did remember some of the people from high school. Wondered what happened to some that didn't show. The last one I heard about was just too expensive...if I was going to spend that kind of money, I'd go see someone that I'd actually been close friends with.
ImageZanymuse
Nov 21, 2011 7:37 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Moving around during the high school years is definately a reason that many people do not attend High School reunions. At that age it is difficult to fit in with a new crowd where cliques have already formed.
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Nov 22, 2011 7:17 PM CST
Name: Jo Miklovic
Hereford, AZ

Where I grew up in a small town in West Va, people seldom moved....my family moved out of my school district 3 times...but I finished with the same folks that I had started First grade with. When I go back now and look at the people in town, I wonder....How many of these are children and grandchildren of those I attended school with.

Sinced my older sister stayed around there all her life, I meet people I don't know on the street and they say "Hi, Mary". I usually don't stop to explain that she is my sister. Jo
ImageZanymuse
Nov 22, 2011 7:51 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
In our transitory society, it seems there are still communities that stay put.
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