YOUR High School Reunion Story

  • silverfox

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    Jun 29, 2009 1:24 AM GMT
    What happened when you went back for your high school reunion? Did you even go to your reunion?
    What year reunion was it? Was it what you expected? How were you a changed man and how was it perceived by those you grew up with?

    Here is my story:

    I just recently went to my 30th reunion, and it was at least 25 years since I was back in my hometown on Long it was a huge emotional trip for me on many levels. I had only kept up with a couple of people from high school, and when I arrived to the party none of my friends were there yet.

    Not a soul recognized me.

    Not only didn't they recognize me, even when I told them who I was, most of them still didn't know who I was. I guess I kind of faded in the background when I was in high school.

    I am a completely different person physically 30 years later for sure. At best, in high school- I was a scrawny unattractive dork. I looked around the room and there were very few guys in any kind of decent shape. It was a weird feeling, I kind of felt like I was back in school again. When some of the "jocks" walked into the room I took a big gulp because these were the guys that used to bully me. (I was hoping that these guys would have grown ugly in some way but well....a couple of them were still hot!)

    i didn't stay very long... honestly I became uncomfortable. I went to the event by myself and there were many classmates who came with their significant others. Talking about their children... I just felt out of place. I didn't really talk about being gay with any of these people I haven't seen for 30 years.....didn't really see much point of that since I most likely would never see them again. But hey a single guy 49 years old showing up to the reunion by myself....I think many drew their own conclusions and no big deal for me.

    The high school reunion gave me a chance to reflect on what I have, what I have not......choices I made and paths not taken.

    I am glad that I went....but it wasn't the most comfortable experience for me.

    How about you? What is your High School reunion story?

  • Timbales

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    Jun 29, 2009 1:33 AM GMT
    My 20th was at the end of last summer, I didn't go.
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    Jun 29, 2009 1:45 AM GMT
    I never finished school, but al the ones who did, are now in dead end jobs getting the life sucked out of them popping out children..

    They suck the fun out of life with there shit.. I don't wanna be part of that
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    Jun 29, 2009 2:20 AM GMT
    It has been 29 years since I graduated from high school. There have been many reunions since then, but I have not attended and still at this point, have no desire to go back. I feel this way about my college class reunion as well.
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    Jun 29, 2009 2:29 AM GMT
    So my reunion, wow.. and it was only a 5 year.

    I was quarterback, completely straight acting, closeted gay guy. Oh and an upstanding member of the LDS church I may add.

    SO when I went, I brought around my boyfriend at the time. Now that was funny, everyone was expecting me to bring a beautiful girl. Peoples jaw dropped, and no one really knew what to say.

    I definitely have matured more that my counterparts, much of their life was still the same. I have had to work hard for what I have. No one really changed either. The snobs were still snobs, the jocks were still jocks, the nerds were still nerds, etc.

    It was a really fun, but awkward night. But definitely reminded me to continue on my pathway to success.
  • TallGWMvballe...

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    Jun 29, 2009 6:14 AM GMT
    My HS reunion in Arlington, Mass will be in Sept.
    This is the first time they have met so I have no idea of what to expect.
    I left the area the year after I graduated never to return again to live. icon_smile.gif
    Stay tuned.

    UPDATE; I was contacted by an RJer there so will at least have that to look forward to icon_smile.gif
  • mynyun

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    Jun 29, 2009 8:44 AM GMT
    I did not go to my 10 year reunion. I wasn't crazy about the school or the people in it. Besides there were 2 reasons. One when I went to my sister's graduation 2 years after mine a lot of my classmates were there and already had kids. A lot of them. I was really surprised. So I'm sure they hadn't done much with their lives. And two another classmate of mine I keep in contact with who is a cop said a lot of them he remembers he's had to pull over and sometimes even put in jail. So they were just not the people I want to hang around with.
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    Jun 29, 2009 9:47 AM GMT

    My 20yr is coming up shortly. Prob not going due to the fact I still speak to the same click of guys and girls that I did when I was in High School ( amazingly so it survived college and some marriages) and w/ my recent split just not ready for a barrage of questions... Where is she, What happened....You guys were together forever...Bla, Bla,bla
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    Jun 29, 2009 2:46 PM GMT
    I didn't go to my 5 year reunion but my twin went. I just wasn't interested. I didn't have some kind of bad high school experience or memories, just could care less. She said it was alright. We were always known as the twins and she said it was strange being there without me. Whatev.
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    Jun 29, 2009 3:35 PM GMT
    Haven't been to one in 25 years...and have no desire. The people that mattered to me - I have kept in touch with and continue to see.
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    Jun 29, 2009 3:52 PM GMT
    I find these stories interesting. I think I will be in contact with people from high school forever thanks to social networking sites like Facebook and Myspace. I don't miss high school because I can't miss high school. Every one of my friends in on my friends list on facebook and I see what they're up to all the time. High school was fun but I'm going to be deleting my facebook account soon. I don't want to keep seeing the same people over and over still.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jun 29, 2009 4:00 PM GMT
    I just remember being amused by seeing so many of the beautiful girls who were popular in HS who had become fat frumpy mom's in adulthood, and some of the less popular not so pretty girls who had blossomed into beautiful swans.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jun 29, 2009 4:04 PM GMT
    Well last year I talked about my high school reunion and my attendance here on RJ.

    It was a 2 day affair, I attended about 60%. It was the first reunion I've attended.. the 5 year I was in law school, the 10 and 15 year I had conflicts.

    Most people were very friendly.. I enjoyed seeing some of those I have connections with.. some didn't recognize this 5'10 150 lb geek as the guy who walked in with the same name.. now at 6'1, 190. It was fun to hear "Oh my god"... when I "reintroduced myself. Some seemed
    way too old to be my age.

    I grew up in college and went through the popularity thing there. For a while I thought I needed to prove something to these people (like many do for some reason). There wasn't any reason to prove anything to anyone, except maybe me.

    It was fine, I'll probably go to the next one. It isn't something I'd want to do frequently.. some of the discussion about the "good old days" weren't that
    wonderful.... but I don't hold grudges and I like positive endings.
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    Jun 29, 2009 4:04 PM GMT
    Never went to my High School nor College reunions. Never felt the desire to go. But if I did I sure would take my husband.
  • silverfox

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    Jun 29, 2009 10:47 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidMy 20th was at the end of last summer, I didn't go.

    Why Timberoo???? Why? Why didn't you go? icon_question.gif