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Irondequoit Post
  • Voices: Start prepping now for that 50th reunion

  • After much ado preparing for my 50th high school class reunion, held a couple of weeks ago, I am happy to report it was terrific.

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  • After much ado preparing for my 50th high school class reunion, held a couple of weeks ago, I am happy to report it was terrific. It occurred to me that you might appreciate a list of tips to get ready for your 50th class reunion. It is a pretty big deal, so here’s hoping these help.
    • Waiting until a month before the reunion to lose weight doesn’t work; start now, even if it is 30 years away.
    • If you can find it, have your class ring resized six months before the event to fit at least one of your fingers, or you will have to add it to your charm bracelet like I did.
    • Study your yearbook pictures carefully. It won’t help to identify all classmates, but it’s a good start. The many spouses woven into the group can really throw you off the hunt, and valuable time is wasted trying to figure out which classmate you are speaking to only to learn that he/she is a spouse. Don’t get me wrong; spouses can be nice people, too, and may prove to be more interesting conversationalists. I highly recommend the direct approach of, “I’m (Your name here). Who are you?” That is expedient when there is a roomful to greet.
    • Reading the captions under the senior pictures in the yearbook doesn’t help at all, so don’t bother. For example, “She is the pineapple of politeness.” Huh? Or, “Color in his cheek and courage in his eye.” Cheeks tend to be pale now, and glasses distort any potential courage. And, how about “Kindness as large as a prairie wind.” See what I mean? These won’t help. Where did we find such classic quotes in 1958?
    • Be ready for surprises such as the unexpectedly chirpy dialogue that occurs with the quietest student you can recall because he is excited about renovating historic airplanes or the girl who has grown to become a freelance medical witness for legal firms. And who could predict a classmate would make big bucks with toilets?
    • There are many comfortable chats to be had like how much traveling, volunteering, and enjoyment of the grandchildren occurs with folks 50 years out of high school.
    • Be prepared to laugh, cry and come away with a very strong dose of nostalgia.
    • For those of you who are reluctant to go to any class reunion I urge you to muster your courage and “just do it.” Many of your classmates will have to do that, too. As a bonus, it is pretty much guaranteed that the music at the banquet will be tunes and lyrics you recognize. If it is horrible, you will have something interesting to complain about. And remember, if you haven’t been there in person there’s no way to fully appreciate how some have really aged since you last saw them.
    Page 2 of 2 - By the 50th reunion, the uneven playing field of 1950s family circumstances has been leveled. The poorest kid isn’t any longer; the handsome guys and the prettiest gals are 50 years older like the rest of us; the cheerleader and jock are limping from arthritic joints; the loveable troublemaker is now mayor; and fortunately, the smartest and funniest ones still are.
    Barbara is a mother, grandmother, retired school library media specialist and a devoted western New Yorker. She loves her family, circle of friends, reading, history, music, theater and cats. She can be reached at luckytobehere257@aol.com.

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