This past Saturday night I went to my 30-year high school reunion. Yes, I am that old. I went to it not expecting too much because it was in a big group, I feel I am left behind because it is too noisy. 

Talking

When I got there, it was in a small room in an Irish pub, and I thought ok this would be a short evening. So, I found a place to sit. One by one, people were coming up to me and talking to me. Some of the conversations were short, but most of them were long and interesting. One surprising thing was that was the long conversations were with people who saw me in the halls but never had classes with me.

Chris with two friends at  their  high school reunion.

Friends

When people said that they saw me in the halls and wanted to know me, I thought what if we had email and social media back then, what would it be like to have more friends? In my head, it started a chain of questions. I am not going to tell you what the questions were because I feel uncomfortable. If you know me from reading my blog posts over the years, you might know some of the questions. 

It felt great to talk with women my age. I don’t mean that in a romantic sense, but I could see a few hanging out together. Hey, people do need friends. Right now, I am looking for friends.

Friends With Disabilities

One thing that I am kind of sad about is that there weren’t more people with disabilities. I attended all three high school reunions so far and I was the only person with a disability there. Am I disappointed? Maybe a little – I know it was difficult to make friends in school. It doesn’t mean that you won’t have fun at your reunion. 

Your High School Reunion

If you have a high school reunion coming up or a junior high school reunion, go to it because you might have fun there. You never know what you might run into. Also, dress nicely – I’m glad that I dressed sharp and I had a few compliments. People were in all types of outfits. You had guys in shorts and one in a sports jacket. With me, I always want to look sharp because I might meet someone who could give me a speaking opportunity. At the reunion, I met a woman who works with students with Cerebral Palsy. I don’t know if the opportunity will happen but I was ready to make my pitch to her. 

Looking back on the high school reunion, I could have not gone to it or gone and had fun. I picked to go and had a blast. I hear too many people with disabilities saying crowds are not for them so they will stay home. We have one life to live and for me, I want to make the most of it. Don’t you? 

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