Why Reunion Troubles?

Six years ago my high school class held its 35th reunion. This is only remarkable because from my point of view, this had been our second gathering. There had been a 10th that was well attended. Supposedly there was a twentieth that was less well attended and which I knew nothing about. So for me and many of my classmates, this was our second reunion.

What a difference fifteen years made for the 35th. We had the Internet and search engines and email. Those of us who didn’t live in our hometown could still participate in planning. We could scour the Internet using search features and databases to root out lost classmates. From all accounts, that reunion was a success, and it felt as if we had a good turnout.

So what now? The primary people on the committee all said, “No more, I’m not planning a 40th, maybe a 50th.” Most of them lived in the area and even though they maintained they seldom saw each other, they were only a phone call and short ride away from  old friends. Some of us who lived at a distance didn’t get back  often, and let’s face it, we were all getting older. People had died. Others were no longer able to travel. Waiting fifteen years seemed too long.

But true to our class epithet of Most Apathetic, no locals stepped forward to say they’d work on the next event. Even though I lived 1600 miles away, I said I’d work on it. A man in Tennessee said he was interested, too. We emailed a bit, talked on the phone, and decided we could do it even from a distance. And that was where our troubles continued.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: