Twentieth Reunion Debate

My twentieth high school reunion is fast approaching. It’s scheduled for this September. Will I be there? I’m not sure. I would like to go to see everyone, but I can’t help but wonder if the cost is worth it. The cost of gas alone scares me. The thought of having to fill up 4 times just to GET there seems more like a nightmare.

I have to consider the time away from school for my kids. I don’t mind missing work, after all that’s what vacation time is for right? But is it worth it for the boys to miss school? I have not decided if I want to risk messing up one son’s first year in high school. Heck, I’m not sure if my husband will even have any time to take off from his new job.

I have not attended any of the previous reunions, nor have I attended those for my husband. They were held in outrageous places with high price tags and weren’t worth our time or money. But this time around the event is not being held at an expensive restaurant or being held during a holiday weekend.

I would like to see my high school class mates again but my life won’t come to a screeching halt if I don’t attend. I have reconnected with a fair amount of them via Facebook and MySpace. Yet I can’t help but think: If I haven’t seen them in the past fifteen years, does it make sense to rearrange school and work so I can spend a couple of hours with them this year. My answer: I don’t think it matters if I see them this year or go another fifteen without seeing them. Do they stop talking to me on Facebook? No. Are there other times I pass through that state where I can visit them on a more personal level? I think so.

Even if I want to see one or two of them, it would be easier (and cheaper) for me to drive out to where they live and visit for an entire day, then stay in a hotel for the night before heading back home. This is a more personal connection. One that is not divided between them and the others who attend the reunion.

This year is a big milestone, though. Twenty years. It just doesn’t seem possible. Having been married the same year I graduated amplifies the reunion that much more. 🙂

To go or not to go–that really is the question. Thankfully, I don’t have to give an answer until August…maybe by then I will have one!

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