My 20 year reunion is rolling around in early August. It was not an event I was particularly looking forward to. Shopping for a new dress, buying a single plane ticket to San Diego (my homebody husband would not even consider going with me), getting my hair done, and socializing with people I haven’t mingled with in twenty years, is not on the top of my list of fun things to do. But, I was going to do it. In the name of pushing boundaries I was going to attend my 20 year reunion. Besides, all those great movies we grew up with, movies like Romey and Michele’s High School Reunion and The Big Chill, give the impression that reunions are an essential milestone in life, something not to be missed. I didn’t want regrets.
But then there is Facebook. The great game changer. Going to your reunion can’t possibly be the same. We know how everyone turned out. We’ve seen the photos, bios, and daily commentary of our former classmate’s comings and goings. In many ways Facebook is a virtual high school. We can message our favorite friends, chat with our acquaintances, and spy on our frenemies, all from the comfort of our suburban homes while our children run around in the background.
Just to be sure I wasn’t missing something, I started asking around. A friend of mine, a couple years ahead of me, missed his big 20th and he said he wasn’t the only one. His reunion reported an incredibly low attendance. I looked to Google, and it turns out high school reunions across America are suffering. Blame it on the recession or blame it on social media, reunions are losing their appeal. I decided to stay home too. I figure I can pocket the money I’ll save, and check out all the reunion pictures online the next day, maybe even that night. I just need to log on to Facebook – our modern day reunion equivalent.
What are your thoughts on high school reunions?
PS Here is a link to a funny article written by a guy who did attend his 20th… http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1945358,00.html