The Summer of My Reunion O.O

photo of Pauline  graduating
“Yeah, mom and dad, I did it! I actually graduated! Um, now what do I do?”

So, this month I will be attending my [deep breath here] 40th high school reunion. It’s not like I didn’t know I’m old as dirt. I know my age. But I hadn’t done the math on how long I’d been out of high school, so it was kind of a shock when the email showed up.

This will be the first time I’ve been able to attend a reunion. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone. I do wonder what it will be like, feel like when all our older selves get together. And there are sure to be the ghosts of our younger selves hanging around. Yearbooks and stuff. O.O

If I haven’t changed in 40 years, than that would just be sad. I have changed. A lot. I know the family jowls have taken over where I used to have a jawline. Gravity has taken a toll on various body parts and a lot of stress calories taken up permanent residence in my tush. I now know what a muffin top is.

Inside, I’ve changed a lot, too. I know more now, mostly that I didn’t know anything in high school. Nothing. Nada. And old dogs have to learn new tricks to survive. O.O

I have  not learned as much as I’d hoped I would have by now. I really thought I’d be so wise. Possibly venerable. Peering through the mists of time, I sort of remember thinking that I’d never get old old. I knew that everyone gets old, but I’d be different. I’d manage it really well, so well that I’d be venerable, but not old.

Yeah.

Let’s see, where else was I wrong? I thought  I’d know the moment I was a grownup. It would be like graduating, only without the ceremony and the diploma. But definitely a moment. Instead, grownup-ness sort of crept up on me and it hasn’t stopped the whining (though I do try to keep it internal). Does that mean I’m grownup or that I’m not?

Cuz there are times when I don’t feel grownup at all. When one of the grand babies’ face puckered up to cry, I actually thought, “Wow, I miss doing that.” Sometimes I’d like to just throw a temper tantrum, flailing fists and kicking legs. And it would still be cute. Not disturbing and scary.

I thought I’d get taller. Now I know I quit growing at 25. Yeah, probably heading the other direction now. Shrinking does run in the family, like the jowls.

Am I grownup enough to hang with the high school peeps and our ghosts? I kind of think I am and do you know why? Because I’m not stressing about what to wear. Wow. It will probably come, though there’s not a lot can be done. I am what I am. The mold is pretty much set. Though if you know of an outfit that would make me taller and shrink the jowls…

So, if you were going to your high school reunion, what would you worry about? What did you learn, post graduation that you didn’t expect? All comments are entered into my monthly drawing for $10 AnaBanana gift card. Winner is announced in the first blog post of the new month. (And be sure to check back in on Thursday. I’m celebrating my blog birthday all summer with some audio book giveaways.)

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, Project Enterprise

Perilously yours,

Pauline

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor, action adventure
New Orleans. A girl. A guy. Bullets and bad guys. A normal day in the Big Uneasy. Well, what passes for normal…

6 thoughts on “The Summer of My Reunion O.O”

  1. I love this post, love the way you’ve summed it all up. I can relate to this post so well, Pauline! All of it, the aging and the gravity, except that I’ve gone to all of my reunions and have watched us all age, so it won’t be too shocking for me next year when I go to my 40th.

    I agree with Lynette about how sad it is to find out who passed away. 🙁 And I can relate to what Diana said about the same groups. I noticed that at all the reunions.

    I was bummed that my best friend didn’t make it to any of the reunions (yet), and my other close group of friends were a year younger, so they weren’t at my reunions either, but there were still enough good friends that it was great to reconnect with, and I got to know some of the classmates that I didn’t really know in high school.

    I saw pics of the twins on your WANA page, and they are so adorable. It will be fun watching them grow up. I hope you keep posting pics of them!

    Have a safe trip and have a blast at your reunion!
    Lynn Kelley recently posted…Grammy Heaven – Parenting Plights & DelightsMy Profile

    1. Yeah, I know at least one who passed away. That will be hard. We’re closing so fast on that time where we are going to start to fall off, it is rather sobering. But what a joy the grand babies are! Yours are so cute, too! It’s just wonderful, isn’t it? Thanks so much!

  2. Brave woman! I went to one of my reunions. It was fun to see old friends, most of whom I’d lost touch with. There were still the groups but there were folks who were just as nervous as I was, so that was nice. The thing that surprised and saddened me were the people who had died or had tragedy touch their lives. A part of life, but not one we like to thing.

    As for what to wear, wear something that makes you feel good. You’ve earned that at least. 🙂
    Lynette M. Burrows recently posted…Greek for a DayMy Profile

    1. Oh thank you! I believe I will wear my jeans. And then my jeans and for the last event, my jeans. LOLOL I expect everyone has their story, good and bad, for that many years. Hugs!

  3. At my 20th, I realized that some people hadn’t changed at all. They stayed in the same groups that we were in during high school. Trying to talk to them was just awkward. There is still a group of friends that I keep in touch with though.

    My biggest surprise at that reunion was that there were already a couple of grandparents there. And one of my friends was expected his first child ever. The range of offspring ages boggled my mind.

    Have a great time!
    Diana Beebe recently posted…Halfway Point aka the Point of No ReturnMy Profile

    1. I didn’t make it to any of the earlier reunions, but its been so long, I suspect the groups will be kind of broken up, though I’m looking forward to catching up with my besties from back then. Thanks so much! 🙂

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