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Are HS Reunions Old-Fashioned? May 14, 2010

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Happy Friday everyone! To celebrate, here’s an image I sent to some coworkers this morning:

Now that that’s out of the way ( 🙂 ), I really do have a legitimate topic to blather about.

It recently came to my attention that my high school reunion is coming up in a few years. Since about 98% of my friends here in Orlando are older than me, that means that all my friends are currently deciding whether or not to attend their own high school reunions. It’s been interesting to listen to the discussion.

It seems that (for the 10-year reunion, at least) people go mostly to show off husband/kids/job/success, or to see how everyone looks 10 years later, or to reconnect with old friends.

While this may have held true 10 or 15 years ago, I’m hearing a lot of, “Why would I go? I already keep in touch with most people through Facebook, and I can pretty much find out what everyone else is doing that way, too.”

And to a point, I think this is true. I’m friends with a pretty decent number of the people in my graduating class. I’ll be honest, I Facebook-stalk people pretty regularly (just to satisfy curiosity), but even though I know what they’re doing … I think I’d still want to see them face-to-face again. In the years after college, I found that when I ran into people I graduated with, they’d changed. There are a couple of specific examples where I became friends with people I hadn’t talked to in college, after having only a few interactions with in high school. Guys who I thought were total jerks in high school ended up turning into not-so-bad dudes in college.

It’s this sort of change that makes me want to go to my reunion when it rolls around. You can see where someone works, where they are going to grad school and who they are dating/engaged to/married to on Facebook, but you can’t judge the progression of their personality.

And to me, that’s the most important part of these gatherings anyway. I’m sure I’ve changed in the last 8 years (and will probably change more in the next 2!), and it will be fun to potentially reconnect with these people on a more mature level than we were at in high school. I might feel differently if I lived in Seattle and was constantly bumping into people from Redmond High (as it seems to always happen when I visit home) … but for some reason, I don’t think so.

Are you going/did you go to your 10-year reunion? If you did, did you admit you found anything out about people ahead of time (via Facebook, etc)?

Currently loving: Power breakfasts (I had oatmeal with bananas and strawberries, and don’t want one of the donuts in the kitchen AT ALL), this photo currently on my Cute Overload desk calendar, lemongrass green tea

image via BoingBoing


2 Responses to “Are HS Reunions Old-Fashioned?”

  1. Emily Says:

    You nailed it on the head. That’s why I want to go too. No matter how convenient it is to facestalk people it doesn’t compare to real life conversation & awkwardness. I don’t want to miss that. Ha ha.

    • lexd Says:

      Agreed! Although I worry that I’ll slip and say something that I found out on Facebook … and they haven’t told me in person yet. “So, I saw you’re in law school?” SUPER CREEPY 🙂 Thanks for commenting, Emily!

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