Monday Listicles: Class Dismissed

I actually did attend my 10 year high school reunion.  Even though I said I wouldn’t.  But I went with some friends and had a pretty good time.  However, I don’t think I’ll be going to any future reunions.  I already keep up with the friends that I want to be in touch with and the thought of going back to high school causes me to break out in hives.

That being said, here are my thoughts on high school reunions:

1.  People will tell you that you look exactly the same as you did in high school.  I’m still trying to figure out if this is a good or bad thing.  I’m still skinny?  Good.  I still have frizzy hair?  Bad.

2.  A little interesting and disheartening to see that people act like they’re still in high school.

3.  Fun to catch up on the gossip–who married who, who’s in which profession, who’s still a tool…

4.  I will admit that I had fun catching up with some of the people that I was friends with in high school.  And knowing that they were genuinely interested in how I was.

5.  It’s nice to be remembered.  Even nicer when people remember how to pronounce your name.

6.  Not only was it interesting to see who was there, but it was interesting to see who wasn’t there.  I’d say about 80% of our class was missing.

7.  I had fun talking to people that I wasn’t friends with in high school.  It’s nice that we didn’t have to worry about cliques or labels.

8.  That being said, it was great seeing that some people still find cliques important.  Not.

9.  It was encouraging to know that I made some lifelong friendships in high school.  People I still talk to today.

10.  But the best part of the reunion?  Knowing that high school was O-V-E-R!!

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  1. You are braver than I for going to your reunion. That’s great you had fun though, went with friends and even talked to some people you weren’t friends with back in school. Me – can’t even think about going. I’m all about the hives! haha πŸ™‚
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    • I really, really thought I wouldn’t go but 2 friends and I made a pact that the 3 of us would go together and we did. Plus we went out for drinks ahead of time…

  2. When I went to my 30th H.S. reunion I took it as a huge compliment that I was told I looked “exactly the same” even if they thought (as I did) that I was rather unattractive back then. Because when you’re pushing 50, to be compared to an 18 year old is pretty rockin’ no matter what!
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  3. Glad you went to the reunion and stay in touch with some of your friends. It is nice to have friends from our forming years, they know a different part of us, right?
    I stay in touch with two girls from my high school. Never went to prom or any of the reunions. For me after primary education I focused on learning and it really wasn’t about friendships at all…
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  4. Fun! I was overseas in high school so reunions are out of the question for me, but I think it would be fun to attend one. I definitely get together with my college friends every year and I love that! πŸ™‚
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  5. So far, I’ve not attended any reunions, formal and informal. I figure the people I like and still talk to, I do anyway, so I don’t need to go for any πŸ™‚
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    • That’s how I feel now. I went to my reunion before I discovered Facebook & other social media. Now I can catch up from my couch!

  6. So far I haven’t had even the slightest desire to attend any of my high school reunions. For many of the reasons you cited. Plus the fact that I would have to buy a plane ticket and fly across the country just to subject myself to that awkwardness.
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  7. Glad you had a great time! I had to plan my 10 year reunion when I was pregnant with Nolan. I was glad to see everyone but lots of things reminded me I was glad just to get it over with. Thank goodness I don’t have to think about it for another 10 years! I learned from planning it that usually people don’t want to help put the reunion together but they sure have tons of opinions about it. They were lucky I was pregnant! πŸ™‚
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  8. So with you on # 10 LOL

  9. Your post made me laugh. I didn’t go to my reunion and the though of going to any other gives me the “hives” too!
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  10. Didn’t go to my 10th, and I really don’t think I’ll be going to any. Just don’t feel the need, I guess.
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  11. I’m with you on #8 (cliques being important. not.) – my problem is my “inner teen” thinks they still matter so when I go to reunions like this I get all frazzled, even though I’m technically a grownup. (-:

  12. Glad to hear you had a great time! I don’t have my high school reunion for about 5 more years but I’m looking forward to it. I had a lot of “friends” that I no longer keep in touch with. It will be nice to see how everyone is doing.
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  13. I prefer to just keep up with what people from high school were doing on facebook, without actually talking to them. Except the ones who are actually still my friends of course. That being said, I think I’ll probably go to my 20th reunion. Maybe.
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  14. I didn’t go to mine but I went with my husband to his. We only talked to the people he went to high school with that we already hung out with. No one else even came over to talk. They were all still so clique-y. I don’t know if I’ll go to my next one. I connect with a bunch of people on FB. That may be enough for me.
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  15. Your #2 is part of the reason I’ll never go to my own reunions. I was treated badly back then. I’m sure I’ll still be treated badly.

  16. I didn’t go to my reunion and have no desire to go to any future ones. I hated high school. I live in the same town that I grew up in and I know that most of my class STILL haven’t grown up. I just can’t be bothered with it.

    You are lucky to still have friends that you met through high school. I know those friendships are special!
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    • When you live in the same town and already know things, it doesn’t make sense to go–especially since you’ve moved on from all the drama. You don’t need that.

  17. I have never been back. It would be fun to see how some of their lives turned out.
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  18. I thought this was a great list. I loved #1, I’d also be wondering if that was a good thing, or a bad thing.
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  19. Great list and I too seem to agree with most. #7 was like that for me. It was nice to talk to people I wasn’t really that close to when I was in high school but had more in common with now. And I do agree, thank God it’s over!
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    • I actually became good friends with someone from high school, but while we were in college. It seemed silly that we missed out on a friendship in high school because of cliques.

  20. It’s so great that you still have friends from high school – I’m glad you went. I actually had way more fun at my husband’s this past summer than I had at my own a few years ago!
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    • That’s funny that you had more fun at your husband’s, but I can see myself doing the same. Too bad he doesn’t want to go to any of his either!

  21. Haha…I wasn’t a big fan of high school either. I don’t really keep in touch with anyone, which is a little sad, actually.
    P.S. I haven’t forgot you tagged me, I just haven’t posted at all recently!

  22. I skipped out on my HS reunion. Because really, if I haven’t talked to you in 10 years, I probably won’t talk to you in another 10+ more years. Plus it’s just awkward. Like what do you talk about…”So what have you done in the last 10 years?”…weird.
    Maybe I’m just a jerk.
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    • You’re not a jerk. It was very awkward at times. And you’re right–if you’ve gone 10 years without talking to them, well then obviously you weren’t missing out!

  23. I went to my 10th. It was surprisingly satisfying. I was hugely pregnant with Ryan so it didn’t matter if I even looked good. However, my best friend got so drunk and asked a girl who had gained a lot of weight when she was due…you know how this ends. And guess who tried to jump in and come to her rescue. I just dug us both deeper.
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  24. I didn’t go to my high school reunion but I am very glad that high school is over!
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  25. Amen to number 10! I had a great time in high school, but for some reason when I think back on it I scrunch up my face and say, “ugh.”
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  26. High school is odd for me. The school I went to nearly my whole life isn’t the school I graduated from (we moved right after my junior year). I am pretty sure no one at the school I actually graduated from would know who I am, and the other school probably wouldn’t invite me because I didn’t “technically” graduate from there. I guess it’s nice though… takes the pressure off a bit. πŸ™‚
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  27. You seemed to have summed up my high school reunion exactly! I agree though, not sure I would go to the next one.
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  28. Life As Wife says:

    You brave soul. I will not be going to my high school reunion. Whew I shudder at the thought.

    Hubby and I are the only ones who left so a reunion is not really needed. They all still live in the same place and see each other all the time.
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  29. I’m with you, Rach. No interest really in going back in time, though your number #7 ‘pro’ is sort of appealing.
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    • It’s surprising how many of you said that you have no desire to go back. It really was refreshing though talking to other people.

  30. I didn’t attend my reunion because it was in the middle of the school year and I would have had to buy a plane ticket and fly halfway across the country to attend. I think FB kind of kills some of the excitement of reunions as you can find out what everyone is up to

    • Yes, when you can keep up on FB it’s kind of pointless to go, especially if you have to spend all that time and money.

  31. HIgh school. Was. The. WORST. Seriously, the worst. I probably will never go to my reunion because 1) it’s too far to go and 2) I know what everyone is doing already via Facebook!
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  32. My 10 year reunion was in the middle of when I was moving up here from Texas, so I just assumed I couldn’t go. Then one night I was sitting in the living room of some high school friends in New Jersey and realized my reunion was happening that night, about 5 blocks from where I was sitting. Oops. But the truth is I didn’t miss much. I probably would have gone expecting some big revelation and just been disappointed.
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    • That’s pretty funny that you were so close to the reunion–but obviously the friends you wanted to see were the ones you were already with.

  33. Forget what other have to sain and just be happy with who you are instead of trying to be what you are not.
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