Last summer we had a high school reunion. I’m almost afraid to say which one, but suffice it to say, it was more than 20. A group of us got to work together while we planned it, and over the course of a year or so we got to know each other, some for the first time, and some all over again. And while the reunion itself was, indeed, lots of fun, the silver lining has been the friendships that came out of the planning stage of the event.
I had known Janice, James, and Jay during high school, but didn’t get to know Carol, Dorothy or Kim until we started planning. Most of us ran in different circles in high school, and the best part of the planning was finding out that these strangers weren’t all that different from me. Facebook allowed a chance to find other classmates and to begin correspondences that still continue. Stories were exchanged, memories shared, and by the time the reunion rolled around it was much more like getting together with old friends than originally expected. This has led to lunches and other get-togethers, including classmates that were not originally able to attend the big reunion event of the summer.
I never officially met Robyn until the big reunion, but got to know her through Facebook. It turns out that her career path was somewhat similar to mine, working in information technology, so we had common interests because of our jobs. Rodney is another new acquaintance who I came to know because his wife, Deanna, was a good friend back in the day. He and I have similar interests with music and guitars, so we get to IM about guitars, amps, and bands we like from time to time. Denise ended up with my dream job: directing kids in the school orchestra. I have never met her in person, but in the meantime I am very jealous of her daily gig!
Do you have a reunion coming up? If so, don’t miss the chance to reacquaint, renew friendships, and make new ones. You won’t be sorry!