Two Saturdays ago, I made my way back to my home city of Houston, TX to attend my high school ten-year reunion. I stopped at an IHOP in Cypress to wait out a giant, thrashing rainstorm on the way into Houston, and made conversation with my server. He was flabbergasted that I was old enough to go to a reunion. (The benefits of looking young, ladies and gentlemen.) Indeed, I almost didn’t believe that I’d been out of high school for a decade already.
I was actually the main organizer of this reunion! My high school was small; it had no real student government (or even a football team, which is unheard of in Texas). So it surprised even me that I, a nerdy art kid, was the one who stepped up to the plate and started organizing. Last year, I talked to some Class of 2002 friends who’d flown in for their reunion, and they acknowledged: “Someone just takes charge and starts organizing it. No one is appointed; it just happens.”
And I might have mused out loud, “I can do this! I can be the one!”
…While I don’t regret that decision, I wish I hadn’t taken it so lightly. The fact that I’d planned a wedding only a few years earlier didn’t deter me from this new project. A reunion is like a wedding, except the guests you’re inviting aren’t as excited about the purpose as you are. Me, I was pumped to see everyone again! Some others shared my sentiments. Still more others thought the entire idea was a waste of time.
If you’re thinking of planning a reunion, here are my tips (learn from my mistakes)… More after the jump.