I have had the occasional “I’m getting old” moments like working along side people who are born decades after me or quizzical looks in my direction when referring to something of my childhood, but nothing could have prepared me for the Facebook alert that I had received recently. I read the event page title as if I was being played in slow speed, on my tape deck, “Manchester High School 20th Year Reunion” (head smack).
How the heck has 20 years gone by? Other classmates thought the same as they flooded the page with their comments of feeling old, but excited to see their friends again. I, too, can’t wait to see my high school pals, so I cheated a little and pulled my year book off the shelf. Wow, what a trippy, time wrap that was, and it all started after first viewing this picture…
Old high school memories then came pouring in, as I flipped the pages of my Somanhis. I came across sections of the book that were big defining moments for myself.
And this moment…
I then stumbled across this picture of the class forming a “96” on the school grounds that I had forgotten about (another sign of old age). I suddenly thought of a neat game for the classmates on the Facebook page, to play. I posted this picture and asked them to scan the crowd and tag themselves in the picture.
The game worked! Some people started to look for themselves and talk about being there, or not being there. I, for one, was not there, because I was getting this picture done, at the time.
Yup, all my besties are there, except for one. Kyle was part of the year book committee and was out organizing the “96” picture, so we are forever without our buddy Kyle…hmm.
Hold on a sec…
Other totally rad things at MHS, in 1996:
1. Flannel shirts, Greatful Dead T-Shirts and Doc Martens.
2. Hacky sack at lunch time.
3. Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill, Rage Against The Machine’s Bulls On Parade, and Backstreet’s No Diggity were all on everyone’s mixed tapes.
4. Breakfast at Sunny Side Up!
5. Making beaded hemp necklaces at Harvest.
6. Football games under the lights, prep rallies and dances.
7. Painting the hill, playing Chinese fire drills and soccer pasta parties.
8. Creating a Rocky themed float with the soccer team (that should have won!)
9. Skipping study hall to get a head start to Misquamicut.
10. Hanging out with friends on a Saturday night.
So the MHS 96ers are starting their first task of finding the rest of the class. We are sharing our event page, collecting emails and browsing LinkedIn contacts for our fellow classmates. I have even created a “lost classmates” poster to put up in the streets of Manchester (not really, but I thought this was fun to design). If any of you know any of these fabulous people, send them in my direction, so they don’t miss out on the shenanigans this year!
You know? I’m feeling a little better now about this whole 20th year reunion/getting old thing. What a great start it was to crack open the year book and get a glimpse back into 1996. Are you approaching a pinnacle year from your high school days? Whether it’s your 5th, your 10th, your 20th or more – I’d suggest you open your Somanhis as well and take a trip down memory lane. It’s great to unlock that door once in a while.
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