Last weekend I had my 40 yr school reunion. The class of 1969.
Our year was the first to graduate from that high school so we were a small and relatively close crew -- only 65 of us. Of those 65, sadly 3 have passed away but we had an attendance of 50 with a couple of heartfelt apologies from those unable to attend!
What a blast seeing those people again. We spent almost every day together for 6 years and many of us attended the same primary schools. I’ve known one woman since we were four and there were five others there who attended my primary school.
It’s amazing how little some people have changed physically. The boys in general had aged more than the girls probably due to expanding waistlines and hair loss but some were instantly recognisable. Characters hadn’t altered much—the class clowns were still the class clowns, the quiet ones were still quiet, the vivacious girls are now vivacious women.
Some of our number have been very successful in a career sense but the wonderful thing was no-body cared who’d done what or hadn’t done what, we were all just thrilled to be there and see each other again. Those 40 plus years just fell away. For some their schooldays weren’t the happiest for all sorts of reasons but the bonds forged there come from a common experience which is irreplaceable and impossible to share on the same level with anyone else.
From chatting to other friends, this class of 1969 seems to be unique in that we had no cliques or factions, no bullies or snobs. Of course we all had our particular groups of friends, some of whom have kept in touch over the years but by that last year we all knew each other quite well. It may have been because we were such a small group or because we were all new to a brand new school. Who knows? Whatever it was everyone who came last Saturday and again on Sunday for a casual ‘recovery’ lunch said the same thing. “I walked into that function room a little nervous but as soon as I saw the familiar faces I was with friends again.”
We all voted for the next one to be in 5 years rather than 10.
How many school reunions have you been to?