|Figure 1: Time travel would make a reunion worth it.|
I did, once. It wasn't bad, but Peggy Sue Got Married it was not. If there's no magical time travel, what's the point?
But then I got a message from a person I went to high school with, since this is one of the big zero-ending years. They're planning a reunion, and apparently they had a hard time finding me.
They told me to sign in to this place on Facebook, and it was like a portal to another realm. It really did feel like falling physically into a blue spiral to another time.
This space is filled with all these people I have not seen and mostly have not thought of in decades. It was as though they were all living in an alternate world where high school was still going on, even though they all seem to be perfectly nice adults with jobs and kids and everything.
The people were all talking with each other and remembering things that I had no recollection of, like teachers and classes.
And the people who ran the high school are running this space, too. The same people who were on lists of most popular, or athletes, or cheerleaders, or honor society: they're all there. The "most likely to succeed" lists and things like that: they're posted there, too. That's what I mean by time standing still.
It was just weird to me. It's as though they've been carrying on their own lives in real life and also their high school lives in this alternate space all this time, and I have only now discovered it.
I'm not trying to criticize this, truly, but it's made me think. Although I belonged to organizations back then, the high school wasn't especially interested in me. Thanks to my mother's insistence that only stupid people bothered to do homework or study, I didn't get the academic trophies, although I did really well on state tests.
|Figure 2. Undine in high school|
I felt somewhat on the periphery then. But in my life as it is now, in the work I do, I don't feel on the periphery.
I think I'm going to let that alternate world go on by itself and skip its festivities.
What about you? Do you go to high school reunions?