I watched the first episode of the new series Winners and Losers last night. Mainly because it has the girl in it from the Dare Iced Coffee ad - one of the best ads ever. Not sure whether the show is worth a second look (and Blair looked tired I thought), but the storyline about the school reunion got me thinking.
It's 25 years since I finished primary school this year. Which is somewhat scary. I was thinking a month or so ago about if someone organised a reunion (and I went) that I'd have to hang around with a guy who goes to the same church as us and a girl who works with my husband, because everyone else from my primary school either lives interstate or overseas or I haven't kept up with them. Quite some time later I suddenly thought "OH!!! My sister!" Ooops. Sorry twin sis. : )
There is actually a 50th anniversary thing happening at my primary school this year. Not sure whether I am interested in going. I was talking to the guy from church about it and we were speculating as to whether they've actually managed to find the time capsule that was buried at the 25th anniversary thing when we were in Year 6, which they apparently forgot the location of... But will it just be an awkward situation of saying "Oh yeah hi" or "Wow! You've changed!" to a whole lot of people you don't actually recognise?
I think I'd be happier going to my primary school reunion than my high school reunion though - and we're due for a 20 year reunion next year. Perhaps, deep down, that's because I was more popular in primary school. At high school I'd always hoped to be as popular but wasn't. I did love school, both because of friendships and because I like learning. But I haven't kept up with that many friends from high school. There's my best friend - we became friends at Uni even though we went to the same school - but she lives interstate now and wouldn't necessarily get to a reunion here in Sydney. I guess I'd worry that I'd be a bit of a Nigel-no-friends. Which is probably stupid but it's awful to be lonely in a crowd. Of course, thinking objectively about it there are plenty of people who I keep up with on Facebook with whom I could have a decent conversation.
I think it's partly also the whole thing that you go to your school reunion to show how successful you've become, and stick it to the girls who might have thought you were a loser. But by the world's standards I'm seriously lacking in success - I'm a (yes, happily) married, stay-at-home-mother of three children, and while I do currently have a casual job (yes, lecturing at a university, no less) it will finish at the end of the year as the course will not be run after this year - we've finally run out of students. Yes, I am a successful botanical artist, but is that enough to make up for all the rest? Girls can be so catty...
Of course, that's not the standard I should measure my success by though. In fact success like that is not what I want to be striving for. For me the most important thing is that I am a Christian and I know that the creator of the universe loves me and is saving a place for me in heaven. So perhaps that's the reason I should turn up to any school reunion that may happen - because I'm loved by my saviour and therefore happy in myself, and not worry about anyone who is looking down their nose at me because I'm still a nerd, or I'm not wearing the right clothes nor breaking through the glass ceiling!