Did you go to your 10th? 20th? Was it lame, or totally worth it? Did your husband/partner/etc go with you? (mine doesn't want to go, said he could find better ways to waste a few hours than "hanging out with a bunch of hicks" This from someone who is a huge redneck...oh well, he'd get drunk and start a fight anyway, most likely...)
(I live pretty far away, I just wonder if it will be worth the $2000 in tickets!)
DH (then DP) did not go and that was fine with me.
I think it would be different in a small town. My DH graduated with 17 students. We went to his reunion and it was fun. Everyone sat together and chit chatted. They went to school together from kindergarten-12th so they had more in common and had been together longer. In my school, there are so many different high schools, junior highs, then you come together for high school. There just wasn't the bond like in a small town school.
I don't think I would spend $2000 unless you know for sure that there will be lots of people there that you want to see.
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I dated DH in high school so we both know plenty of the people I went to school with and also who he went to school with. In fact in DD1's grade school, there are about 25 kids who all their parents went to HS together so just picking up the kids at school is a hs reunion LOL. There are also several people in my neighborhood, around town etc who went to school with me.
Add facebook into the mix and the groups for each of our HS reunions this year, its pretty easy to go. Honestly, I really dont want to go to my reunion, but if DH wants to go, we or he can go to his. I always tease him that he sees these people everyday anyhow.
I have noticed since "reconnecting" with tons of people on Facebook that I am realizing why I lost touch with them...LOL or we have had meet ups from finding each other and some good some bad.
The girl who is "putting together the reunion" I ran into about a year ago and she was a UAV and made a point at least 5 times in our 2 minute conversation to let me know she lived in a hooty tooty neighboring suburb. She also sent me a message on fb saying "need your info for the reunion" literally that was it. Not Hi Amy, hope life is going good etc. putting together the info and need your info...
So I ignored her message and wrote on my page how if you want to contact me after 20 years show some class! A few people put two and two together and fast forward a few weeks later to last night. I received a message again on FB that was more Hi AMy, hope all is well, I am putting together the reunion and you can send your info to....
I replied back, you contacted me here, I received it, so this is fine.
Our 10 year was on a weekend that we were in Europe. The following weekend when we arrived back was DH's so we missed both of them. As I recall to attend each of them was like $80 a head for a large room, snackies and a cash bar. Too much money to talk to people I hadnt seen or wanted to in 10 years anyhow so it worked out ok.
I would never spend 2K to go! No way.
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That said, I think it would be way different to go if you had a small class and knew your classmates well. I've been catching up with a lot of my former classmates in the last couple of years, and it's been fun to get together and chat. My 15 yr. reunion should be this summer, and I'll consider attending if the venue and price are decent.
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I opted not to go to my 20th.
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Lots of standing around having the same conversation over and over and over again, trying to be heard over the bad 80's music. I never got past the initial "So, what do you do? Are you married? Do you have kids?" surfacey stuff with anyone. I won't be going to my 20th.
DH went with. He's a good sport- I was so glad he was there. I stuck to him like glue.
Even though most people who meet me would never guess it, I can be very social-phobic, so a reunion is probably my worst fear anyway.
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I did not go to my 20th and probably won't ever got to one again.
I've been to my 10th, 15th and 20th year reunions, and plan to attend the 25th, next year.
I was actually terrified of going to my 10th, which is why I went. (Yeah - makes no sense, but that's okay - it worked for me.) I ended up having an absolute blast. It wasn't really about who was cooler or whatever, or if it was, I was completely oblivisious to that, which is certainly possible. It was just...interesting. I really enjoyed the 15 and 20 year ones, as well.
For my 10 year, my ex went with me to one event (there were three - and I didn't make it to the third one, because I was so hung over and exhausted), but he left early. I went alone to the first one. The 15 and 20 year reunions have been grads only, no spouses. I don't think dh would come, anyway - maybe if I really insisted, but he'd hate it, so I wouldn't.
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Our school has a tradition that the senior class president is in charge of the senior keg. Soooo.... my classmates chose a guy who started doing practice keggers around Christmas. -- needless to say, no one organized a five year or ten year reunion. I started getting calls and emails from classmates two years before our ten year reunion, asking me what I was planning (?! Ummm- I wasn't even asked to donate to the senior keg, I was so over high school and my classmates by my senior year, I had friends in other schools through 4-H, speech, and track and just wasn't involved at all; but I guess for years I'd been class secretary and just fixed things that needed fixing, so they all thought I'd plan it?). Anyway - I was working a more-than full-time job, and planning our wedding, and taking half-time classes for my education certification, applying for jobs, and getting ready to move. Not up for planning a class reunion for a bunch of classmates - especially when the girls in my class made Mean Girls look like kittens. High school was really miserable for me (until I quit paying attention to my high school and invested in friends elsewhere).
So -- now that FB is around, it looks like we may actually have a 20 year reunion. And I don't think I'll have to plan it! I don't know if I would go or not. I might - reunions are always during Rodeo Weekend, and we are often home that weekend anyway. Many of my classmates I knew from first grade on, and the guys were nice even if the girls were awful.... I don't know. I don't drink and never have, and my classmates were pretty heavy into drinking (and I think many still are) .... Reunions for our high school tend to be a potluck picnic at the town park, drinking at one of the local bars, maybe a raft trip or something on the Missouri River .... pretty kid-friendly and that's probably the only part I'd go to (not the bar or raft trip, which would be mostly drinking).
My sister went to her 20th last year and uploaded pictures from it. She had a great time - looking at the pictures, it was the same cliques together through the whole reunion. And I remember my mom's 25th. It was bizarro. She had about 10 classmates who went to Ivy League schools -- doctors, lawyers, investment bankers. And there were two women who were just the Belles of the Ball - everyone was clustered around them the whole time. Mom said they were the most popular, wonderful girls in her class and everyone loved them (Mom included). Compared to their classmates who had done all these interesting things and accomplished so much --- despite the fact that both women's lives were pretty sad, they were still all back in their old high school roles (my Mom was oblivious to this, I noticed it as a middle school student). Looking at what I typed that sounds really judgmental, and I don't mean it that way -- it just startled me that 25 years later, you've got people who have traveled the world and invented things and so on, and they're still enraptured by the same pecking order from high school.....?!
There is NOTHING (well, I suppose if I was in jail or an operating room or something) that would keep me from a reunion, and I was really and truly sad that some people didn't come. There wasn't anyone I didn't want to see.
I assume when you say it will be $2000 in plane tickets to go, that is for you, dp and two kids? You could just go alone if money is an issue. Or make it into a vacation to also see relatives or hit a nearby fun place.
At ours, some people had gained weight, some of the guys were bald, some people were divorced, some had never left our little town. But none of that mattered. We laughed til we cried - going over old stories. It was really great/fun/positive.