Dothan High School Alumni -  Dothan, Alabama

High School Reunions Shouldn't Exist

6 Reasons High School Reunions Shouldn't Exist
By: Gladstone
June 04, 2011

The other day I received a letter that gave me pause. My beautiful daughter watched me open it, and sensed something she'd not seen on her father's face before. Not anger. Or sadness.
"What is that, Daddy?" she asked.

"An invitation to my high school class reunion."

"What's that?"

"A party where you hang out with all the people you went to high school with."

My daughter got excited. Parties still meant ice cream and pizza to her.

"Are you going?!"

"Good lord, no."

"Why not?

"Well, baby, I can think of at least six reasons off the top of my head.

#6.Odds Are, if I Want You in My Life, You're Already There

I suppose there are people who thought of high school as their best years ever. Their days were filled with lots of friends they truly enjoyed. People who shared their values and sense of humor. And I guess it's conceivable that after graduation, they decided to never speak to any of these people ever again. Perhaps they lapsed into a temporary coma or moved to an Amish community that forbade modern communication technology. Maybe they were taken hostage or wandered foreign lands with amnesia until a fortuitously dropped coconut bonked back their memory just in time for their high school reunion. For those people, I get it. Go to your high school reunion. See all those wonderful people you loved so well, but, for some reason, have removed completely from your life.

But for me, for the most part, if we went to high school and I have absolutely no contact with you now, I'm like totally OK with that. Especially with Facebook and Internet and all that. If I wanted to, I could find you. But here's a Facebook message I'm not likely to send:

Hey, You!

Are you still a jerk? Let's catch up.


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