Posted by: The Lazy Admin | August 18, 2008

High School Really Never Ends

So I had my 10 year high school reunion this weekend, and part of me is surprised yet altogether I’m really not.  This post could’ve really turned into a gigantic rant, but why bother?

I was pleasantly surprised to visit with one of the people I wanted to see at the reunion, who as it turns out should have been part of my circle of friends in high school if not for the popularity race.  Many others were also enthusiastic about seeing me again, which was nice.

The preps, the cheerleaders, the wannabes… they all sat together with their fake enthusiasm for people they probably hadn’t bothered to even keep in touch with all these years and seemed to turn their nose up at everyone else rather than act grown-up and reminisce and visit with everyone else.  I made an attempt to float to at least every group and shake several hands and give friendly words but there were those who made no obvious attempt to socialize outside of their cliques.

Sadly, it’s those people who’ll never know how awesome I was in high school, and how I’m so much better than even that now.

I also got a chance to visit with people I wish I’d stayed in better contact with, one of whom has been living here the whole time and I’ve never even run into him.

Sure, reunions should be a time to catch up with old friends, but in the internet age, it’s not hard to keep track of people and keep lines of communication open.  This leads me to believe that most of these people who seemed to be just wanting to catch up to their old friends are simply trying to keep their image up.  If they were such good friends with these people, how come they haven’t talked to each other in 10 years?  C’mon people, let’s walk in reality for a while.

I’m not trying to dissuade anyone from going to their high school reunions, but definitely don’t expect anything to be different.  If you were popular, get over it.  If you act like a good many did at my reunion, you’re going to leave with a seriously negative image left in the minds of many people you knew.  Ya know, several of them are even practicing lawyers and such in the area, and after the displays of arrogance this weekend I’ll never even consider sending them any business simply because of the way they have treated people in the past and seemingly continue to treat people.  It’s rather sickening, actually.

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  1. It’s odd, isn’t it, that high school can be so far-reaching? My mother never went to college, married right after high school, and was continually telling me during my own h.s. years that I would never have such close friends again. Thank God she was wrong! I find that often those most popular in h.s. hit their peak then – the footballers who run to fat after h.s., the cheerleaders with four kids under 5 yrs., etc. Maybe I’m just jealous because I bloomed late . . . . Great blog.


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