Monday, August 27, 2012

Memory lane

It must the week for trips down memory lane.  Just received an invitation to my high school class' 20th year reunion.  Should I go?  Have you?  Would you?

21 comments:

Caroline said...

Hi Deb,
I went to my 20 years reunion in Sydney in 2002. It was a blokey night down at the local pub. I hope yours won't be! (It probably depends on the demographic of the school you went to, and the taste of those organising the reunion). I haven't decided yet if I want to go to the 30 years one this year.

CardsAsGifts said...

I went to my 10yr reunion. It was interesting to see where people were at. People that had no time for me ten years previous suddenly wanted to talk. They had obviously done some growing up. That all being said, I am not so sure that I would want to go to my 20th. I have a couple of years to go though. You never know, I might change my mind.

CardsAsGifts said...

Forgot to ask.... when did we get old enough to have a 20 yr reunion!!!!?????

Deb said...

It's at the school, organised by the school so I think it will be quite okay. But when I think about it I get pretty nervous already! I guess everyone going will feel like that.

Deb said...

No idea how that happened!

Tasmanian said...

Yeah had an invite... my best friend from primary school is organising it, and lives 15 minutes from our old school. I see her every two years. I live interstate, as does another of my friendship group from school (who has a new baby), and a third friend lives in Paris (with her family including a baby.) I would love to see the three of them but don't think it is likely the others will travel. Ironically I would like to see the TEACHERS more than the other students.

Deb said...

Yes, I know exactly what you mean about the teachers! I would really like to see some of my old teachers too, especially the ones who really shaped my thinking and learning during my teenaged years. Alas, I don't think many of them are still working at the school and so it's probably unlikely that they'd come.

Karen said...

I didn't go to mine. Too chicken. The organisers weren't people who were nice to me at school.
And ours was a pub do as well. Not really my scene.
I've only briefly regretted not going :)

Fiona said...

There is much chatter about it on facebook. Davin started a conversation with people from our class, and now everyone is in on it. Thirty blasts from the past. Do you remember - what for it - Sandra Hartigan? Grandmother now. Omar? Changed his name to Colin! Angela and Bec Coleman both asked after you. There is an Adam Bryan too, who I can't remember for the life of me. Can you?

Deb said...

Sandra I do remember! A grandmother??? Wow. I can't believe Omar changed to Colin! He was always so outrageous! Adam Bryan I do remember - he was going out with Marnie for a while and then his family moved to NSW in about Year 8 or 9. We accidentally met up with him on our Year 10 Canberra camp because his school was at Parliament house on the same day as us. Too much detail?
I would so love to see Angela and Bec again. I lost touch with Bec after about two years post graduation and I've always wondered how she was. Do you know if most people are planning to go?

Anonymous said...

Go. Worst case scenario it's boring or awkward and you leave early. J

Anonymous said...

I don't know you Deb and what I think doesn't matter. But I flew across Australia for my 20 year reunion and it was completely worth it.

Yes there were a few awkward moments, but God also gave me quite a few good gospel conversations with people (and I'm no natural evangelist). What's more, these conversations were generally sparked by the question I'd been dreading: "oh your kids are at school, so what work do you do?" "oh, errr, nothing... well not really nothing, I reckon God's given me work to do, trying to bless the community I live in..."

There was also surprising encouragement in finding out who had persevered in the Lord, and hearing of a few girls who had become Christian. And it was a spur on to pray for the ones who need Jesus.

The other significant thing about the night was that I realised everything I say matters. There were joys and hurts and memories of conversations from 25 years previously, many of which had stayed crystal clear for some. Yes, the Lord can heal us and forgive us, but I was struck by the reality that what we say and do cannot be unsaid or undone.

regards,
Sally in Perth

Deb said...

Yeah, I have to say I'm much more inclined to go because the school is organizing it. The more I think about it, the more I'm determined to go!

Deb said...

Yep. Marking out the exits upon arrival.

Deb said...

Welcome to the blog, Sally! You've totally sold me on the idea of going now. Writing it in the diary...in pen!

Fiona said...

It sounds like everyone is going unless they physically can't. Maria has been in Saudi for the last decade or so, and is actually coming back permanently, but flies in a few days too late. York Chow (Someone knew him on facebook!) is also too far. Adam Bryan (who I still can't remember, but never mind) is flying down from Sydney for it!

Anonymous said...

Hey Debbie! It's me... Bec Coleman (now Mason)...Thanks Fiona for the link to this blog! I have thought of you many times and wondered how life turned out for you! I am living in Ballarat, am a full time Mum to 4 boys and happily married to my best friend...here's my email...we should keep in touch becmason75@gmail.com

Deb said...

AHHHHHH! Bec!!!!!!! So exciting to hear from you! This has made my day!

Deb said...

I'm pretty sure I saw a blog post about Adam Bryan's mum a few months ago. They had such lovely things to say about her that I was sure it was her. We were at the same church with them for a few years and I remember her as such a lovely lady.

Petrina said...

Go. I had a similar experience to Sally at my 10 year reunion (which was only last year... now I feel very young...)

Anonymous said...

oh dear. I hope it's good for you too Deb :-)

And thanks for the welcome! I'm a new reader of your blog, followed a link from the magnificent Meredith's blog. I can't believe I clicked through on cleaning links, but am very glad I did!

Sally