Monday, September 20, 2010

Don't You. . . .Forget About Me

Remember the cool '80's tune "Don't Know What Ya Got Til It's Gone"? Well, even if you don't, pretend because it's critical to this post. I had my 20th high school reunion this past weekend. I went to a small high school with only 78 kids in my entire class. We went to school together from kindy up through high school so we literally grew up together. After all those years, I was so sick of looking at the same 77 faces. I could not wait to get the heck outta there. I was looking forward to our reunion but I got smacked upside the head by something. Not sure if it was regret? Sadness? A wish to go back? I had a sudden urge to run back to CCHS and shake the students while screaming "CARPE DIEM!" We had such great friends but we were too young and dumb to realize what a gift it was.
Here is my 3 best friends and I at prom. Keep the comments about our horrible dresses and white nylons to yourself. It was the JJCC~Jenny, Jenni, Crissie, and Christy.


Here we are 20 years later with a much better sense of style! We have tried to keep in touch but we are not nearly as close as we once were. That makes me so sad. I spent the evening talking to people that I have known since I was a toddler and I found that I miss that! We spent so much time in conversations that started with someone yelling "Remember that time that we . . . ." and we would scream in laughter and the spouses would try to look like they cared.
I also attended the 10 yr reunion and I don't remember thinking this way. It was fun and it was nice to see everyone but this reunion hit me hard. Maybe it's a midlife crisis? Maybe it's because not a whole lot changes in ten years but twenty is really a long time. I don't know the answer to my questions. I don't know if there is an answer. I do know those 77 people will always hold a place in my heart. I'll share some of my favorite shots of the night and go to contemplate these big questions!

Here is Darren. We were buddies and rivals from kindergarten til graduation. In the end, I won. I graduated number 12, Darren was number 13. He left for college in Arizona and never came back. I had been so bummed that he didn't come to the 10 year so I was so excited to see him. Mike J and Cardio Bob. The two class clowns and all-around great guys. They both look almost exactly the same as high school!
Jenny and Nikki~Two popular cheerleader-types. Love 'em both!
The two preggos! Julie and Cristin were both expecting and looked adorable.
So to the Class of 1990, we rock.

3 comments:

Kary said...

You have time to blog??? Get back to work.

BoldAsLove said...

I actually REALLY love that black and white prom dress. Really. I know you probably think I'm being sarcastic, but I'm genuinally in love with it.

Jennifer Taylor said...

Jen,
My thoughts exactly! It was as if no time at all had passed and we were all just hanging out at Nancy's house. Do you want to go and jump on the tramp? Thanks for sharing your thoughts! On a side note, the weekend after the reunion I was back in Chicago with some girlfriends to celebrate a 40th birthday and we went to see Rock of Ages the broadway musical that is on tour right now with Constantine from American Idol. It is awesome! I know you were not a choir/theatre geek with some of us, but even you and your hubby would love it! If you are a child of the 80's and headbanged to Pour Some Sugar on Me (or even if you didn't) you will LOVE this play! Go see it! Jennifer Taylor