|Champion breeder of all who attended this reunion. I was grateful for the pictures on the nametags...|
this is how I looked Senior year...and in Kindergarten. People really don't change, basically.
I went early and arranged to meet a friend and her husband for drinks. I hadn't seen her since high school, but talking with her, it was like no time has passed. And I actually wish I had had more time to talk to others one on one as well...I think I'm really more comfortable like that. We had lots of good laughs about our kids, stories from school...we both love the one where when we were in 8th grade our math teacher thought it was a great idea to put us and another Laura at the same table. He enjoyed saying, "Laura" and watching us all look up. Awesome :-)
She didn't stay for the actual reunion, so I had to go it on my own. I admit, it was a bit overwhelming greeting all these people in such a large group. I honestly fell out of touch with almost everyone right after high school. I met new people in college (with whom I have also fallen out of touch) and then started my family so young that I just didn't put in the effort. Thank goodness for Facebook and the ease of reconnecting nowadays! It was interesting seeing people I was once quite close to and almost just as interesting talking to people with whom I never hung out with then, but seeing that we could totally be friends now. I wouldn't have missed this experience for the world.
I ended up winning a few raffle items...a Workman Lobos lanyard, a $5 Domino's card, a $20 Starbucks card...and I was the hero of my table when I won a bottle of Cuervo gold. I passed that off to a couple of more adventurous couples who were sitting near by...they would appreciate it much more than I. I was surprised to win the title for "Most Children". I mean, is 5 really that many? I guess maybe people with more were saving their money for other things besides high school reunions :-) Anyway, attending my 30th reunion was an amazing experience. They sent around cards asking if we'd be interested in a 35th and I was all in. The fact is, I was anxious about going and nearly talked myself out of it several times. I am so, so glad I went though.