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Reunions matter

Posted Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at 10:10 AM

It's hard to believe, but this year marks 35 years since I had graduated from high school.

I wish that I could say that it just doesn't seem that long ago, but with so many life changes and merley just looking in the mirror, it probalby has been. With the creation of Facebook, amazingly the Washington High School Calss of 1977 has been privileged enough to reconnect and get caught up on our individual lives.

What strikes me as funny is that while in high school, I was a bit of a skinny, short, Plain Jane sort of gal. I had really good friends and those that were cordial. I wasn't a social butterfly, involved in every activity that the school had to offer. I was in Speech, I was a Thespian; does that group of aspiring actors and actresses even exist anymore?

I thought that I was one cool chick while being inducted in to a group of my peers that shared my interest of performing in front of large groups... and didn't involve physical agility other than running across the stage. To that point however, I wouldn't be caught dead doing that these days!

During my tenure at WHS there were those that I personally had felt were better than I and I had little contact whatsoever with them.

Perhaps that analogy was unfounded, but at the time I felt as though I was not worthy of their attention. I didn't have the fancy wardrobe, money was not a privilege in my family and I was as I said a Plain Jane. Now, those very people that I had thought had it all and I had thought didn't like anything about me are those that I have as contacts on Facebook. We have the conversations now that we didn't have then. At the time of our 30 year class reunion those that I had dreaded the most seeing, were similar to myself. They had aged right along with me. They had a few grey hairs, wrinkles were noticeable along with those that had put on a few pounds just as I had.

They spoke of their experiences as parents and shared the joy of being grandparents. I realized that we were more similar, and that the wall that I had personally put up to protect myself from those that I had deemed better than myself were normal everyday people that I really do enjoy being around.

What really struck me as funny were those athletic guys in my class that seemed to have towered over me because of my short stature. Thirty years later, they didn't seem so tall. I will just go with the fact that I had grown a few inches and leave it at that.

I so look forward to our gathering this summer. I highly encourage anyone that has any reservations of not fitting in and not being welcomed by the group that they had grown up with and felt uncomfortable being around, to reconsider.

As adults we all realize that judging our peers while teens was immature and unnecessary and that it is actually enjoyable to reminisce about days of yore!

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