Thursday, October 16, 2008

reunions



a couple of months ago i went to my high school reunion. the picture kind of sums it up. what is it that leads us to these events? a morbid curiosity or simply curiosity?
i must admit it was a great deal of fun. the first one i attended. much of the life dancing and pretense was gone. we had been through enough that the values had changed. and we learned that everyone, pretty much, was having a hard time when we were in high school. we just weren't close enough to deal with each other on that level.
perhaps something to remember when we are trying to talk to people who are of high school age. different priorities. seems obvious, but most parents in retrospect can realize it is hard to deal with teens with a state of mind that is in any way similar to theirs.
youth isn't wasted on the young; old age is wasted on those who can't remain youthful.
on to more reunions and more laughter.

1 comment:

jgartland33 said...

Great piece. My 10 year is coming up this June and I feel like I really want to go but I'm not sure what the motivation is for me. Is it to see who's gone off the deep end or to see if the person voted 'Most Likely to Succeed' did just that?

For me, I feel like I've done a respectable job at accomplishing goals (short/long term) since the last time I've seen many of these people. I've always wanted to know what others thought of me and if some people who I haven't seen in a while wonder what I'm up to now. Does Gartland have kids? Is he married, etc.?

But really, why should I care what others think about me, especially the ones I haven't talked to in 10 years. I had my intra-squad rivalires in football and such and for some sick reason I'd love to see that guy and give him a big "FU, so what have you done lately?" look when or if I see him. But I'd be glad to see everyone else I guess.

Since I missed my 5 year, I really am curious where people are at in life. I've heard stories but am not sure what is true and what is only rumor. So much can happen so quickly in life so it should be very interesting. Thanks for writing this piece as it DOES HELP to put things in perspective!