It all started with a Facebook post, asking if any of my friends wanted to meet for coffee and those who responded were mostly friends I’d known all through elementary and high school. We’ve been talking about a school reunion for a while now but finding a date/time to suit everyone was always a challenge. As soon as I got a general idea of a date that suited those interested, I created the event and invited my fellow classmates.
The event creator on Facebook is a useful tool. I like the simplicity of the R.S.V.P. feature; everyone gets to see who plans to attend ahead of time. Some of us hadn’t seen each other since graduation, which made the gathering even more special.
On the day of the meeting, 9 of us sat around some tables we pushed together and reminisced about the good ol’ days. It was great to update everyone on life happenings, too. What I loved most about it was that there were none of the usual pressures that everyone feels when attending their high school reunion. No planning involved since everyone bought their coffee upon arrival. By the end of the gathering, we unanimously decided to make it a monthly event.
It’s such a relaxed event that everyone has the option to drop in for a little while or stay for the duration of the gathering. Additionally, it’s not a big deal if someone can’t make it ~ there’s always the next one. At one of the more recent ones, a couple of people showed up unexpectedly, which was a nice surprise for the rest of us. One of my friends even brought all her photo albums filled with pictures from school so we could look through them. Each gathering is potentially a different mix of people, depending on who can show up; we always give enough notice so people can save the date. It’s so much better than waiting every 5 years for an “official” reunion. The July gathering promises to be the biggest group yet (12, including one of our beloved teachers!).
Do you do the traditional high school reunions every 5 years? How do you feel about attending? Does a monthly gathering seem like a better idea to you or do you think every 5 years is better?