Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion?

Nah, just mine…

In my fictitious world, I would totally bring along Romy and Michele, because they’re kind of the bomb, and they know how to rock the socks off a reunion.  Don’t you think?

They're kind of experts on all things reunion related...

Recently I received an invitation via Facebook for my 10 Year High School Reunion.  That’s so funny to me for some reason.  I mean, Facebook was just a twinkle in our eyes back in 2001 when we graduated.  Who’da thunk it?

Can you imagine the Dearborn High Class of 2001 on graduation day being interviewed by a reporter from the future…

Reporter from the future:  “So tell me what do you think of Facebook?

Class of 2001 Student:  “What exactly is the Facebook?” <–Said with great awe and bewilderment.

It’s funny how many things change in ten years, and how many things don’t change at all.  I remember sitting with a group of girlfriends on one of the last days of high school, gathered around a table in a cafeteria that smelled like cheesy nacho’s and homemade chocolate chip cookies, and wondering aloud, “Where will we all be in ten years?”

Well, that sounds very sweet in an all American apple pie sort of way, now doesn’t it?  I have a confession to make, that’s probably because we were exactly that.  Just a group of homegrown Midwestern girls dreaming about the future and where our lives would take us.

I’m actually not able to make it to the reunion, because I’ll still be in Grenada.  I’m a little bummed, but they say that the 10 year is just a prelude for the big guns, which is the 20 year reunion.  I fully intend to be there with bells on for that one, because I’m dying to wear one of those awesome name badges.  You know, the kind that have your senior picture on it, so that people can recognize you.

See what I mean? P.S. I don't know any of these people.

I can only hope that Facebook doesn’t take the fun out of the name badge game, because that would be kind of disappointing.  I am jonesing for some full on shockers (<–Okay, wait, that didn’t sound right, but you know what I mean.)  I don’t want to see what everyone looks like on a daily basis for the next 10 years with regular updates on Facebook…I want to be surprised, shocked, and mystified that these were once the same people who I knew back in high school.

Stay tuned.  I’ll let you know how it goes down in another ten years.

Until then, I thought I’d leave you with…

10 things that I didn’t think I’d miss about high school, but that I do…

10.)  History Class.

This is the one class I really wish I would have paid more attention in.  Confession:  About two years ago, I realized that the whole time we were learning about Martin Luther, I thought we were really learning about Martin Luther King Jr.  <–Yeah, that happened.

9.)  Mr. O’Hagan’s Creative Writing Class.

I learned so much in that class, and sometimes when I’m writing my blog I can still hear his voice…”Show, don’t tell.”  I hear ya, Mr. O’Hagan, and thank you.

8.)  Belly shirts.

Yeah, I kind of miss belly shirts, but not enough to rediscover them.  I more so miss what they represented, which was youth, rebellion, and freedom.  I don’t actually know how belly shirts represented freedom, but just go with it.

7.)  Otis Spunkmeyer Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Look at the chocolate chip cookies getting another shout out.  Holy cow, do I miss these cookies.  Every day at lunch time, the super cool seniors who worked in the “bookstore” would serve up these homemade delicious cookies hot off the press.  I marched right in there every single day and proudly ordered three…until I couldn’t button my jeans anymore, but that’s another story for another day.

6.)  Drama.

Yeah, like, real unadulterated crazy hormonal teenage girl drama.  Why you ask?  Because when else can you act like a crazy lunatic, miss school because you’re sick with grief over a boy, dramatically cry with a group of your favorite girlfriends comforting you, and it be socially acceptable?  You can’t exactly do that when you get into the real world.  I mean, you can, but not too many people will like you.

5.)  Bathroom Meetings.

Yes, bathroom meetings, that was not a typo.  I can’t tell you how many teenage problems were discussed and resolved in the girls bathroom.  Have a dilemma?  Schedule a meeting in the bathroom to discuss.  Just make sure you look under each stall to guarantee that no one is eavesdropping. 

4.)  Being a Kid.

In high school I was always waiting to graduate.  I remember my dad saying one time, “Someday you’re going to wish you could go back to high school,” to which I’d reply, “Ummm…NO.”  I also remember being a year or two removed from high school thinking, “Nope, still don’t miss it.”  I think the missing it came later.  Probably around the time I started paying my own bills.  I know, shocking, right?

3.)  NOTES!

Boy oh boy do I miss passing notes!  Notes are probably the reason I thought we were discussing Martin Luther King Jr., when we were really learning about Martin Luther in history class.  I probably missed so much important stuff because I was busy writing hourly epic passages about basically nothing to my friends.  We even found ways to fold them in new and creative ways.

2.)  Playing Hooky.

Especially on the day of a test.  I mostly miss playing hooky, because it was my mom who would have to call the school and tell them I was too “sick” to come in.  In my opinion, playing hooky in the real world is not nearly as fun.  In fact, I never do it, because I’m way too ridden with guilt when it comes to making the call and putting on a facade about why I can’t make it to work.  That part is such a buzz kill, that even watching Ellen doesn’t make it go away.  

1.)  Life Controlled by the Bell.

Sometimes I wish there was still a dinging bell that would buzz every hour to indicate it was time to move onto the next thing.  Can you imagine how cool that would be?  Running into someone you know and making awkward conversation:  Imaginary bell rings.  “Oops gotta run!”  Getting called out in a business meeting:  Imaginary bell rings.  “I’ll have to answer that question tomorrow!  Peace out.”  Sometimes I wish I could still be saved by the bell.  I wonder if Zack Morris would agree…

What do you miss about high school?

~The End.

Photos courtesy of IMDB and Flickr

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18 thoughts on “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion?

  1. Oh man, this made me so nostalgic. I had my ten year this year and I have to admit, it was fun, and I’m glad I went, but it wasn’t as epic as I always dreamed it would be. And yes, it’s just like high school. The cool popular kids were all crazy and wild together and nominated each other for the superlatives and got crazy drunk bc now it’s legal, the cheerleaders all ate together and gossiped (I can say that because I was one of them) and the random kids people didn’t know very well showed up and everyone sort of wondered, “I feel like I know that person but I can’t remember….” Sad, but true.
    I can’t wait for the twentieth. 🙂
    I’m totally with you on missing notes. I feel like writing my friends notes now and folding them up all cool and leaving them under their car windshield wiper, except none of us have cars because we live in New York….sad.
    I love your posts, they always inspire me to write my own. Now if I could just quit being lazy and actually do it……

    • You should write one like this one! It was really fun, and I can tell you have some unique memories! Just do a little at a time. That’s what I do. I might start a post and work on for an hour one night, and finish it up in the morning. It’s easier to break it up, rather than doing it all in one sitting.

      P.S. I think it’s so funny what you said about all the cool kids nominating each other for the superlatives, because I can totes see that happening!

      • Good call. I definitely need to break it up. Most of my posts end up being total ramblers and take forever.
        Thanks for the inspiration lady. 🙂

      • No problem. I’m still learning too. Sometimes things flow more easily than other times. Sometimes a quick outline helps too! That way you have it all mapped out before you even begin.

  2. Notes. I still have some that my girlfriends wrote me. We had note NOTEBOOKS. We could write in them in class and the teacher was none the wiser (or maybe they probably knew). Then we’d just pass them off in the halls. We went through so many.

    I didn’t go to my 5-year reunion because I felt like I had JUST seen all those people. And I feel like Facebook made me that way. I probably won’t go to my 10th, either. Ah well.

  3. I miss being with my twin at school…I always knew she had my back! We didn’t have a lot of the same classes together, but we did have Concert Choir together (she still has a beautiful voice) and we had a blast in there…”sleepers in our peepers” and all! I remember the day she told me my boyfriend was cheating on me…I say “no way” and when I saw the look on her face I knew it was true (btw he was a RAT)! Glad I didn’t end up with him…found someone else and married him and stillt together 35 years!!! You never know what life has in store! Love you…tell Matt “Hi”! xoxox

    • It must have been fun having a sister in high school! I always wished I had a younger sister, because I just think there is something about a sister’s bond. I see it with you and my mom, and with Merissa and Breanne! I don’t think four kids was in the cards for my parents, though. Ha! Love you too, Aunt Lor! xoxo

  4. Nothing!

    Bullying, incompetent teachers, egotistical headmasters, being dumped in the idiot class because mum pissed off the headmaster in my previous school – you get the drift?

    Love and hugs!

    Prenin.

  5. Otis Spunkmeyer cookies are the.best.thing.EVER. And i used to order them in threes as well!! Was this a high school rule?! I could so go for a hot gooey chocolate chip Otis Spunkmeyer cookie right now.

    What was it with bathroom meetings?! They should put a lounge room in the girls bathroom in every high school. It’s completely necessary.

    And note folding!!! We always had new crafty ways to fold notes. And write “LYLAS” and “BFF” and “i heart whoever” all over the note. Did you save yours as well? I used to have a shoebox filled with every note I’d saved. I’ve since thrown them out, but I think its funny that I would save them. Do you remember milky pens? Those things were made for note writing!

    • Omg, I forgot about the writing “I heart so and so” in the margins of all the notes! Hahaha! Oh, to be a kid again! I actually saved all of my notes. I want to make them into a book one day. Holy cow, they are entertaining…Maybe I’ll do a post on one.

  6. I remember the drama and the bathroom meetings – boy does that bring back memories. Our notes were like the text messages of today, but better because of the folding techniques:) I might have to considering going to my 20th. Thanks for sharing and bringing up the memories!

    • Yeah, I guess the kids these days just text each other. Listen to me! Don’t I sound old! Ha! Seriously, though, I think that’s kinda sad because they won’t have them ten years later. I saved all of mine, and trust me, I’m glad I saved them, because they’re hilarious!!!

  7. Being carefree (or care-less, whichever you prefer). When the biggest worry you had was, Mr. V would choose as the Spring musical, or whether you’d rank a 1 or 2 and Solo/Ensemble. Now, there’s bills, and meetings, and worrying about whether you chose the right degree, or career or car or anything. Life as an adult really is far too stressful. Sigh…

    • Kat, this is so funny, because I started to read your response before I read who it was from, and I was like, “Wow! This girl really had a similar high school experience to mine!” Ha! DUH!!

  8. Sarah – first of all, let me just say that I LOVE your blog. I clicked on the Thanksgiving one you posted and just read a few back…For some reason I don’t see every one you post. I think I need to fix that.

    I just had to finally comment on the HS reunion one. I am also sad that I am missing the reunion tomorrow..Flights from Charleston were just way too much. We’ll both just have to make it to the 20 year!

    And I completely forgot about the cookies from the school store…and also the notes! I would love to go back and read some of those notes now.. I’m sure they were absolutely ridiculous!!

    Talk to you soon – and good luck on your move back to the States! How exciting!! 🙂

    • Awe, Megan! Thank you so much for stopping by;) It’s always good to hear from you! I know, I am so bummed about the HS reunion. I am going to try my hardest to make to the 20 year, though, you have my word!! So be there, or be square!

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