You Can Go Home Again

I didn’t want to tell you this, but I was a bit nervous about going to my high school reunion. I mean, the only thing preventing it from being freshman year Howdy Dance all over again was the fact that this time around, I had a date.

I wanted to make an inconspicuous entrance, but as soon as I descended from the private jet*, my friend Karina started screaming and practically vaulted over the beer garden balcony to give me a hug. Then she whipped out the journal I’d given her twenty years ago and had me read the inscription I’d written in it. She made me feel welcome right away, and I’m very grateful for that.

You go to your twenty-year high school reunion hoping that at least one person will have had a sex change operation or show up with a mullet and a hunting vest, but this was not the case. I don’t know if it’s thanks to the reversal of the food pyramid or the fact that people are no longer doing drugs, but pretty much everyone who came looked good and seemed to be happy in their lives. It was heartening. When you’re line dancing with your old gang to R.E.M.’s “Stand” with a beer in one hand and a wedding ring on the other, you forget the ancient hurts and feel genuinely happy that everyone made it out okay.

Even the P-Dawg had a good time. On the drive back home the next day, he said, “You know, I feel like I went to my own high school reunion, only with different people.”

Which is great, because it means I won’t have to go to his.


*When I say “private jet”, I mean “hotel cab.”

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10 thoughts on “You Can Go Home Again

  1. Amy

    Reunions are funny. The cool people aren’t as cool anymore. The geek is the wealthiest and ready to shove it your face and all your friends that you lost touch with still are your friends.
    My 20th I was pregnant with my first and there were some who had kids in middle school kindof freaked me out. My 30th is next year. Oh crap.

  2. Polish Mama on the Prairie

    There was no mullet there because the people with mullets don’t go to their high school reunion. ;) I don’t go to mine either but I don’t have a mullet, I just absolutely hated high school and the extremely vast majority of the people I went to school with. Glad you had fun!

  3. Marta

    Ha. I’m glad it went so well! I do however feel like the people who go to their reunions are the ones that are happy and things are going well in their lives. I mean would you really go if you were unemployed and single and gained 50 lbs? =)

  4. Painted Maypole

    glad it went well. gives me hope for mine, next yeat.

    but I’m still holding out hope for a mullet. i live in Michigan, there’s a pretty good chance. But if not, surely at least one person has gone bald (we used to sit in choir and guess who would be the earliest candidates for Hair Club for Men)

  5. Kat

    Wow! Well that sounds about as good as you could hope for. Sounds like a really good 20 yr reunion to me. :)
    Love the pic!

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