Sure, if today tanks, there's always tomorrow. Even in small towns, mercies can be new every morning. Yet, somehow when that class reunion rolls around, we tend to think of our lives not in daily portions, but in huge chunks, and we wonder who hit the fast forward button when we were busy setting our daily alarm clocks. Plodding through life one day at a time. Suddenly, we wonder what we've filled our time with, who we've really become, and if we're using our time wisely.
I'm always bummed when people who live locally choose not to attend. High school was a melting pot, for sure. But the myth is that we all have it together now. Of course we don't. And the dirty secret they never told us in adolescence, was that peer pressure isn't reserved for only those awkward years. But thankfully, laughter covers a multitude of ills...
And there's a certain sort of redemption that happens when you attend. You talk to people you might never have gotten to know back in the day. We laughed at ourselves. We listened to all the sad and the silly stories. We hope the best for each other.
Like it or not, we all shaped each other. And with the advent of FaceBook, we stay in touch across the years and the miles. In some ways FaceBook even lets us see each other for our truer selves. Many of our classmates have moved away from our small town, yet keep tabs on those back home.
Whether we've stayed on the same dirt road for decades, or adventured around the world to places like Australia or Thailand, we've all moved further down the road.
And once in a while it's nice to know that my small home town has been a good place. My people are good people. And no matter how many years pass, no matter the water under the bridge, we can laugh, love, and give grace.
Did you attend a small town high school?
Do you attend your class reunions? Why or why not?
Home schoolers, do you even have class reunions?
What was your class size?
Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots.Nurse Practitioner by day.Wife, mother, writer by night.Coffee drinker--any time.