OT: High School Reunions
OK, my 50th is coming up next September in San Diego.
I went to my 10th and thoroughly hated it. A lot of "posing" and "wow, I am important" kind of stuff. I haven't been to one since. However, I have had contact with and lunch with some special HS friends from time to time.
My 3 best buddies are no longer with us.
So, I am debating about going this time.
Here are the issues.
1. Because of our two children with profound disabilities, our life has followed a very non-traditional pattern - workwise, financially, recreation wise, values system and in just about every other aspect. I generally find little in common with other folks, and we HATE, "Do you have any grandchildren" questions - because the answer is NO, and it will always be no. Then, you get "Well, tell your kids to get busy" and other stuff like that, and then unending descriptions by others of their 7 kids, 17 grand children and 16 great grand children. And then untold pictures of cute little Jeremy. Etc., etc. Then we get the "How much money I have made" kinds of stuff, which totally turns us off.
2. They always host it in some formal kind of setting - a hotel, dancing, etc. My wife can no longer dance - perhaps with a knee replacement she can? Neither of us drink and we detest "cocktail hours" and "mingling." We both retire early. I requested that we have some sort of picnic or other similar gathering this year, but that was rejected.
3. I guess it might be nice to see some other folks, but, as I said, my 3 buddies are gone.
I was sort of a "leader" in my high school of almost 3,000 students - vice president/treasurer, etc. The graduating class had about 800.
I think I have already answered my own question. Thanks for listening. I would appreciate other viewpoints.