Ahuva Does High School

Maybe take this blog with a grain of salt. Let’s see where it goes, okay? I’m facing a lot of frustration in my atomic life (if I were a real atomic person, which I deny. So much easier that way.) Nothing that earth-shattering or important. But taken in combination, well, they tend to suck the energy out of me. And energy, unlike passion and love, is a limited resource. Even two days basking on the beach have not fully offset the garbage factor.

It’s time for yet ANOTHER high school reunion. Now I enjoyed high school. I was in the band, the choir, a gymnast, played volleyball, had friends, went to parties, was in the top 10% of the class, graduated with awards. I was active and participated. I did go to the first reunion. It was tolerable, ending on a sour note, as I recall it. I haven’t gone to any subsequent reunions, which seem to occur every other year. I REALLY don’t get that. Why???? *I* have moved on. Who cares??? It’s done. Over. Yet I have close friends and family who think that reunions are FANTASTIC!!! GREAT!!! What the heck is WRONG with you, Ahuva??

I don’t KNOW what’s wrong with me. I have no desire to go. But for some reason this year, I am being pressured by many, many people. Besides the usual culprits I encounter in my daily life, I have had 5 classmates email me to convince me to go, using both overt and covert methods (our 1st grade teacher will be there; would you like to ride with me?; I’m renting a house down the shore). Maybe this is sour grapes but I don’t want to see these people. I’m glad that they are alive and well. I hope they are happy. But how many times can you stand there and say: yes, I still live in Hometown, USA; yes, I have a son, he’s wonderful, I’m so proud of him, he’s going to college at my alma mater; yes, my husband is wonderful – still on #1; my family is fine, thank you; my job is fine thank you, I work for Company Z; yes, I do software engineering, who’d have thought it?” I’m bored, and that was one time. What are the odds that I am going to reconnect with someone and have the most fabulous time of my life? Or make a contact that opens new doors for me? Or meet an old flame and fall in love? Oh, gee, wouldn’t THAT be convenient. Not.

But. I look at that attitude and I think: could you be any more negative? Is that who and what you want to be? Maybe now is the time to go back and say hi to the people that were once so close to me. Honestly – I don’t see why, I don’t really understand why others are compelled to do this. But I think of the Nickelback song I use as my anthem these days: If Today Were Your Last Day. While the lines that REALLY speak to me are the ones beginning “It’s never too late to reach for the stars”, the song also includes “Would you call those friends you never see? Reminisce old memories?” I’m not sure that you are allowed to pick and choose which part of the gospel you want. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hah – THAT is a whole other discussion, is it not??? ๐Ÿ™‚

So Ahuva is going to her high school reunion. Most of me thinks this is a big mistake – a waste of my time, money and will further ruin any fond memories I hold. But I will put on my best Ahuva jeans, shoes and top. I will remember that I am She Who Throws Herself Under the Bus and Emerges Stronger and Happier. I will gird myself in the knowledge that I have already accomplished more in the last few months than I could ever have imagined. I will fasten my ribbon-chains on my wrists and dance. Right before I walk out the door – I will turn on my AO. And Ahuva will saunter into that reunion, head held high, knowing that she lets nothing stand in her way. ๐Ÿ™‚ If today were her last day, she’ll do it right.

Ahuva Does HS

7 Responses to “Ahuva Does High School”

  1. 1 Oura Scribe July 14, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    hmmmmm, I hate reunions as well. I have not attended any of mine. I however do not have the same fond memories from my hs years. If I had good friends from HS – to go and reconnect with, I think I would go.

    Most people ask WHY? I’d rather ask Why not?

    You do not know what you will experience until you go thru it. The Ahuva I know is optomistic and positive. I am sure you will view this as an opportunity. You never know what surprises will await you. It may only be the knowledge that you are smarter, and more successful every day. That is certainly a wonderful feeling to walk away with.

  2. 2 Chaddington Boomhauer July 15, 2009 at 7:13 am

    If any were good friends you’d probably still be friends and wouldn’t need a reunion ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. 3 Dale Innis July 15, 2009 at 9:11 am

    I tend to agree with Chad. ๐Ÿ™‚ But you’ll probably have fun despite yourself, and at worst you can come and write us a funny weblog entry about how silly it was! And at best, like Oura says, like you say, something really cool could happen!

    I’ve ignored all my High School Reunion things, despite one year where (also for mysterious reasons) a couple of old classmates got in touch and hinted that I should go. But who knows what I might have missed! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 4 ahuva18 July 15, 2009 at 9:31 am

    @Chadd – you are right – I am still in touch with the people with whom I was close. I don’t need a reunion for them.

    @Dale – I’m sure you are right also – these things usually are never as awful as expected. so I’ll go, say hi, be pleasant. and then I’m off the hook for the next dozen or so, no???? ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 5 Jonah Svoboda July 15, 2009 at 11:48 am

    I have not attended any of my HS reunions either. The students and teachers that I want to stay in contact with, I still am (as Chadd suggests). If I was to attend one of these events, it would be under the model of going to any social event (concert, out to dinner) where I happen to run into someone from years back and we connect. Ahuva, you are enough of a party animal that I cannot imagine this has not happened to you before ๐Ÿ™‚ You will have a wonderful time because this is a social setting you move in easily.

    Bottom line is that the reunion will benefit from your presence, perhaps more than you will benefit from theirs ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. 6 melissa88 July 17, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Everyone *i* have known who went to a reunion kicking and screaming came up to me (the organizer, of course!) later and said, “This was SO much fun, I am SO GLAD that I came!!!!”

    You will be saying the same thing. I predict. And i know all ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 7 rainbownightmare July 17, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    I think Melissa has a biased opinion considering that she was the “organizer.” Some make it fun…some make HS reunions to be a quick stop for gloating and picking up with old cliques. I think that if you want to go you definitely should; however I do feel that it depends entirely on what you experienced with these people through school and if you are proud of who you are. If you’re not…they’ll eat you alive. Try to mingle with everyone, though. I think that will benefit you greatly. Hope you have a blast!

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