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My July 2001 Writings

My July 2001 Writings

08 July 2001

High School Reunion - 10 years

I've been very neglectful of my writing, but now I have decided to write about this weekend. This weekend was my 10 year high school reunion. I can't believe it's been that long! And seems like a lifetime ago! :) I was very shy and studious in high school. I can't say that I had any close friends. I knew a lot of people and had a lot of friends, but none very close. So, the decision to go to my high school reunion was a difficult one. I didn't really know if I wanted to go since I hadn't kept in touch with anyone and for the most part wasn't all that curious about what people were doing now. Eventually though I did decide to go and it was interesting.

Friday night was spent at a restaurant for cocktails and appetizers. That night was truly one that I was in awe of because I couldn't believe how many of my old classmates were married with a kid or two. I suppose for part of the evening anyway I was just looking around and I supposed to be that old? :) I just couldn't imagine being married with kids at age 28. I didn't start to truly experience life to the fullest until my early twenties and I still think I'm not ready to give up living a life of leisure. It was interesting though to talk to old classmates and find out what they were up to. Most of the people I knew are now (or soon to be) doctors, lawyers, engineers, and teachers. There were other occupations represented at the reunion, but it seemed like those four were the majority.

The oddest part of the reunion was just seeing these people...many of whom I went to elementary school and middle school with...all grown up. I couldn't help but remember how each of them looked as children.

Saturday night was spent at a local hotel...dinner and dancing. I was uncertain whether or not I was going to attend Saturday's dinner. Friday night was ... disappointing, I guess. I simply thought that the people I was to see again would still be young and fun and crazy. They all just seemed so much older than me. I'm still simply enjoying life with little responsibility...certainly no responsibility for another human being...can't even imagine that. It's odd really because in high school I always felt out of place because I felt like my classmates were all too childish for me and now...I'm the one that feels childish. I was very serious and responsible in high school...which reads D-U-L-L. :) Granted I pay my bills on time now and I work in engineering so I am still responsible, but I've learned to live. I've learned to have an open mind...try new myself.

At the last minute, I did decide to go ahead and attend the dinner since I had already paid for it. It was much more interesting than Friday night had been. There were more classmates in attendance and more single people without children. :) It was a lot of fun remembering high school and chatting. I didn't stay late though...mainly because high school is a lifetime away and frankly I hated high school and felt very insecure there. So, there was only so much I was willing to remember.

One of the reasons I decided to attend my reunion is because I was curious about someone I knew during senior year. I wonder where he is today. He didn't sign up to attend and so I was less interested in going because of that. I found out Saturday night though that he did actually show up Friday evening. I didn't see him. I can't help but wonder what happened to that young man that dreamed of becoming an architect and joked that he and I could work together someday. I can't help but wonder if he's married now...if he has he's doing. Hopefully I'll still find a way to contact him...who knows...if he is an architect now perhaps I can hire him to build my first house. That would be cool.


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