I survived my 30 year high school reunion!!
So, I recently wrote about how Facebook changed my memories of high school and how my 30th reunion was coming up soon. I decided a while ago I was going to go, and Karol (the woman formerly known as Bluebell) said she would go with me. I was excited when the reunion was first announced. I shared how people on Facebook had reconnected with me in such a positive affirming way, and that really reassured me that it would be okay.
However, I must admit that as the time for going got closer and closer, I became quite nervous. I started having more anxiety about my weight, and my life choices, and the fact that many people had stayed in Connecticut and seemed to still be friends, while I had joined the Navy and never really looked back. My parents stayed in Fairfield for a few years after I graduated because my younger brother was still in high school. However, they also moved from Fairfield, and there was no reason for me to return. Would I fit in?
The weekend arrived, and I was nervous, but excited. So we packed, got into the car, and headed north. The drive was pretty uneventful until we hit NYC. After many bad words were spoken on the drive in from NYC, we arrived at the hotel, changed and went to dinner at Luigi's Pizza! Karol had been told by a coworker (who was raised in Connecticut) that she had to try pizza while in CT because it was like "nothing she had ever tasted". She agreed!! The pizza was amazing!!
We headed out to the beach where some friends had gathered, and I nervously headed to the sand to look for them. I found them pretty quickly, and was greeted with love and friendship! It was so nice to get hugs and smiles, and to catch up with old friends! But that was just the beginning!
On Saturday we had lunch with a wonderful woman who was very close to my family. She and my younger brother had dated for several years, and she really was considered part of the family! We met for lunch at an all organic restaurant in Norwalk called Savor Healthy Pizza. The food was WONDERFUL. Pizza, wraps, salad. My friend P had a chicken wrap which looked so yummy, and Karol and I had the chicken ceasar salad!
It is a good thing the restaurant wasn't crowded because we spent over two hours together. Chatting, laughing, catching up. It was so wonderful to spend time with this truly amazing, beautiful, intelligent woman. I didn't know her very well because she and my brother are 4 years younger than me, and they didn't start dating until I had already joined the Navy and left home. After my brother Brian died she and I reconnected and have stayed in touch ever since. To come together as adults and chat about Brian, and our families, and her son, and husband, and her life now was such a special treat for me! It was wonderful to share memories of Brian with someone who knew him so well also! And beyond that, to reconnect as adults was amazing! She is a very talented writer, and was actually was the one who encouraged me to start writing and blogging. For that and so much more I will be forever grateful to you P!!
After we left Norwalk, we headed back to the hotel to change and go to the reunion of Roger Ludlowe class of 1983!!
As we parked, my heart started to pound a little. We walked up to the Seagrape (the bar where the reunion was happening), I took a few deep breaths, screwed up my courage and headed on in. At the door I saw one of the three classmates who had organized the reunion, and found my name tag with my high school picture. I looked around the room, and saw that it was full! I was amazed how many people had come out to this event! I recognized so many people!
Immediately I saw a woman I had been very good friends with all through middle school and most of high school! We hugged and chatted for a bit, and Karol and I started to make our way around the room. While doing so the most amazing thing happened!