I am not a big fan of high school reunions. I went to a large high school in the city and I've never been back for a reunion. I still keep in touch with a few of my friends from those days via facebook but as for the rest, well I haven't missed them in the last 35 years so I doubt I'll be in a hurry to see any of them again! But there is one type of reunion that I never miss and they are the ones organized for the youth group I attended as a teenager.
I have remained good friends with a few of them and we try to spend time together as often as distance allows. Our children know each other and we are still at the same age and stage 30 or so years later. The idea of catching up with everyone always makes me a little happy inside and I immediately revert to my 17 year old self again when I think about seeing everyone and this year was no different!
What was different this time around was that the invitation came via a facebook event rather than by mail (ten years makes such a difference!) and the number who attended was bigger this time too - I think because social media keeps us more connected and we didn't feel like strangers. People flew in from across the country and one came from her home in America because it tied in with her visit back to see her family. There were probably fifty or so of us there and it was interesting how my brain converted the older versions of people back to their younger selves once we started talking. The majority are grandparents now and talking about retiring - it seems like only yesterday I was going to their weddings!
There were old boyfriends to say hi to and old friends to exchange hugs and hellos with too. So much talking, so many memories and so many new events to catch up on. Who needs a high school reunion when you can become a recycled teenager with all the friends that you have so much history with? I can't wait for the next one in another ten years' time!