Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Yes Its Been 20 Years

Its school reunion time.

Do you dread these functions or look forward to them?

In preparation for my 20 yr school reunion I went for a search on the web.

One article tells me how to prepare emotionally
  1. Remember that you are no longer a kid and that you have grown into a mature adult. By this time in your life, most people have left the immaturity behind.  (Well that is questionable for some - not me of course)
  2. Everyone has some doubts as to meeting former classmates. It's alright to be a little scared and nervous. You may be surprised to find out that a lot of others feel the same way. (General concensus is that everyone feels this way) 
  3. Usually nerves will be involved.  Don't panic by worrying about a few extra pounds or fewer hairs on your head. After all these are the best years of your life, so don't sweat the small stuff.  (Yea right)
  4. No one is perfect. It has been 20 years since school so everyone will probably have had difficult things occur in their lives. Remember you are not alone in this category.  (Thank God)
  5. I is not a letter in the word me. Don't make everything about you. And don't brag too much about your successes. There may be other people there that haven't had it as nice as you, be kind.  (Or they may just be exaggerating completely - there is always one)
  6. Only go to your reunion with a positive outlook. Most unfortunate or embarrassing things that happened will be forgotten by now. If not, just remember that these situations made you who you are today.  (Actually most things will be remembered and there will probably be photos of it)
  7. Never forget to tell people how you care about them. You never know if everyone will be together again in the next 5 or 10 years or so. Life happens and you might not get the chance to tell them later.

Another article put it more bluntly

Let's face it, many people desire to reunite with their former classmates simply so that they can:

A) Brag about how great their life is;
B) Get a kick out of discovering that the handsome jock and former prom queen have gained excessive amounts of weight; and
C) Feel gratified in knowing that some people's lives have turned out to be just as bleak as theirs.

It also includes a list of things to do:
  1. Reach your goal weight: This is a no-brainer. As much as we hate to admit it, looks do matter, and everyone will be dying to see what you look like after 20 years of being out in the real world. Be confident in knowing that people will be talking about how fabulous you look, rather than how humongous your backside has become.  (Sure about that)
  2. Watch the news: Since everyone does not read the newspaper (or read period), you should make it a point to tune in to the news every once in a while. Some news stations will provide you with adequate information on politics, global affairs, and local news so that you can facilitate a discussion on topics that showcase your intellectual side.  After all, you would hate for people to think that even as an adult, the only news you follow is that of Brad and Angelina's plans to save the world, or Paris Hilton's latest fashion craze.  (Um)
  3. Find a sophisticated drink that you like.  More importantly, know which drinks will make you look sophisticated. A cosmopolitan, yes. A Heineken, not so much. Therefore, if you're not a social butterfly and don't know how to break the ice with the people who made your life miserable for six years, at least you'll look as though you have a lot of interesting and intelligent things to say as you stand in the corner, nursing your drink all night.  (This I can do)

Another important piece of information I found was:

Never go to your high school reunion pregnant or they will think that is all you have done since you graduated.

Um, well, with 4 children it is almost certain that is all I have done since our 10 yr reunion.

In any case I absolutely cannot wait for the weekend.  It means a child-free weekend in Sydney with best friends - yes all from school days.

I cannot wait to catch up with old class mates and for the scream fest "Ahhhhhhh myyyyyyy ggggggggoooood".

Our 10 yr reunion was a hoot and we laughed about what the 20 yr one would be like.

I was lucky, I went to a great school with great girls (all girls boarding/day school of course).

Now "what to wear, what to wear"

Again see Birdsnest 

and enjoy the clip below from Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion


  1. Good Luck Julia!
    Have a great weekend.

  2. Lucky you're only up for a 20 year reunion... I'm up for 30!!!