So to reveal a little more about me, I’ve reached a big milestone this year – this weekend I’m attending my 10th High School Reunion. I was pretty excited about this event for the past few months, but now that it is only a few days away I have some serious misgivings about going. First, my husband isn’t coming with me anymore, he was supposed to, but work can’t give him the weekend off. (a total load of crap – but that’s a rant for another time) Second, my two closest friends from high school aren’t going to be there. The only two people that I still keep in touch with from my class won’t be there for moral support or even as wingmen (because let’s face it, you need someone to help you avoid those really awkward conversations with “Smelly Nelly” who no one liked 10 years ago and you really don’t want to relive that one time, in History class, when so-and-so did such-and-such.) Third, I’ve gotten to the point where I look pretty pregnant, and I’m not sure I’m comfortable talking about my reproductive status with old classmates who I haven’t seen or thought about in 9.75 years. Because seriously, with a bump this big, there won’t be much else starting conversations for me.
On a more positive note, it’s a couple of hours one night. It will be over in no time and then I don’t have hear from most of these people for another 10 years. I’m also trying look at the event beyond my aforementioned thoughts. I will likely get to catch up with a bunch of people who I liked in school, but didn’t bother to stay in touch with. I will probably enjoy see who gained a bunch of weight, looks even older than they should and who’s starting to lose their hair or go grey. Yes, I know it’s a mean-girl thought, but come. on. – this was high school, and really, it still is. Also, I like that I’m going back as a pretty happy person. I’ve come along way since 2001 and have had some cool experiences and met a lot of neat people along the way, I’m a different person because of it. Also, I’m gainfully employed, happy with where I live, about to have my first baby – which I’m thrilled about, in love with my husband and proud of what he does. We’re in a better place than a lot of people. We might not be rich or doctors or famously good looking, but we’re content with what we have and where we are in our life.
So here’s my plan: Step1- look great and well put together Step 2 – show up about 30 minutes after it starts (I don’t want to be first there) Step 3 – try to mingle with everyone – even the people I didn’t really know back then – you never know what you might learn. Step 4 – try to relax and have some fun, laugh a little and be genuinely interested in what others have to say and what they’re doing in life Step 5 – leave when I get tired, but hopefully stick around until the near-end. [Under different circumstances Step 5 would have been not to drink too much, but that’s not really an issue right now – following that, Step 6 would have been not to do anything I would later regret.] Step 6 – don’t do or say anything you will later regret (it’s actually a valid step, whether or not I’ve been drinking)
Clearly, it’s on my mind. Hopefully, this will be a lot of fun.
On a separate note – I spent my day off canning peaches. I made 6 quarts of peaches in syrup, 5 quarts of peach sauce (perfect as a yogurt or oatmeal topping) and many pints of bourbon peaches (an adult version of peaches in syrup – perfect for crepes or ice cream). Another long afternoon spent in a muggy kitchen on my feet, but totally well worth the effort!