Monday, September 20, 2010
Top Five Reasons To Go To Your High School Reunion
I went to a public elementary school and assumed that I'd join my friends in the local public high school after graduating 8th grade.
But my mother had other ideas.
She wanted me to attend Red Bank Catholic (that's it on the right), ten miles from our house. I'd have to take a bus. With kids I didn't know. To a town I wasn't familiar with. And be taught by women dressed liked penguins.
I said "No!"
My mother said "Yes!"
Of course, when freshman year concluded, after I had made friends and had become comfortable with the lay of the land at RBC, I decided to stay. My mother, a master, albeit amateur, psychologist, knew this would happen. If she were still alive, she'd have us out of Iraq and Afghanistan and there'd be peace in the Middle East. Of course, someone would have to sign a contract, but they wouldn't realize the ramifications until it was too late.
Anyway, I stayed at RBC and I loved it. Great school, great people; I couldn't have been happier. But still, reunions? Most people hear "reunion" and think "Loserville." But most people are WRONG; reunions are actually pretty cool. Here are your top five reasons to attend:
#5 - It Will Tie Up A Lot Of Loose Ends In Your Head: Everyone thinks back occasionally to their high school years and wonders what happened to a specific person or persons. By attending, you'll get the straight scoop, either from the person you're curious about or, if they're not there, someone who knows them. Just be prepared for the worst; you may learn that the class geek was a Yahoo! founder and is now married to Ms. Oregon. I hate when that happens.
#4 - Mr. Cioffi: Senior year, LG had Mr. Cioffi for Advanced Placement English. That should come as no surprise; just from reading this blog you know that LG is an AP English-type of guy. He writes goodly. Or goodliest, whichever is correctest. Anyway, Mr. Cioffi required everyone to read the Sunday New York Times Arts and Leisure section cover-to-cover every week. He'd quiz us on it. He also took us to Broadway shows. For years afterwards, I continued to reap the benefit of looking cultured and classy because I had devoured the Arts and Leisure section regularly as a senior. Mr. Cioffi was very professional and straight-laced and took no guff. I was almost a professional guff-giver at the time (some things never change.) Surprisingly, he was very good at giving it back. He had a sharp wit when he wanted to wield it. Of all the teachers I had in high school, he was the one I would've liked to have seen at the reunion. And, it turned out, he was the only one there. One of the organizers had invited him. It was very cool.
#3 - The Jerks Won't Be There...: I don't know about your high school, but we really didn't have many jerks in our class. And those who were/are jerky, aren't the type to socialize, especially ten or more years after high school. So you really get only good people looking to catch up and rekindle old friendships. No more cliques, intimidation or ridicule. It's not high school 30 years later, it's mature people out for an enjoyable evening 30 years later. There wasn't a jerk in sight.
#2 - ...But Mary Might Be: Ok, so I had a secret high school crush on Mary, who was in my home room. She was cute, wholesome and just and very nice girl. Still is. Of course, I was not the ladies man in high school that I would later evolve to be (pause while LG blows on his knuckles and rubs them on his "Property of Ritz Carlton" bathrobe/smoking jacket), so I never told her how I felt. After a mere 30 years of getting my courage up, I informed Mary of my secret at the reunion. She seemed to remember me, after squinting a bit and looking at the graduation photo on my name tag, but I'm not 100% sure. Despite the fact that she's happily married with two sons and a great career in another part of the country, and the fact that I was accompanied to the reunion by the absolute love of my life, it was still good to get my secret off my chest. You'll feel that way too.
And the : #1 Reason To Attend Your High School Reunion:
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