Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Blasts from the Past

This has been an interesting week--first, I got a phone call from a sorority sister, my very first college roommate, and someone I haven't spoken to in, oh, about SIXTEEN years! I kid you not! Talk about a blast from the past! She still lives in Mississippi, where we went to college, and is still very involved with the sorority. They're getting a new house there on campus, so she was calling to discuss the fundraising efforts, and to suggest I come to Homecoming this year, even saying maybe they could arrange a book signing to coincide with my visit, where all the Phi Mus could turn out en masse. A great promotion idea, actually. Through MySpace, the Phi Mus have just 'discovered' me--some were fans of my books, and by visiting my MySpace page, realized I was a Phi Mu, too. Some wheels were set in motion, and not only did it get me back in touch with my old roommate, but it sounds like the alumni magazine might do a story on me. Woo-hoo! The Phi Mus are rallying behind me!

Then, later in the week, I got an invitation to my high school class's 20th reunion--the class of 1987--which makes me feel REALLY old. An e-mail followed, with the itinerary and hotel information. On the one hand, I'm tempted to go--after all, I haven't been back in Ft. Walton Beach since...well, since not long after I graduated from high school! The reunion hotel is right on the beach (and Ft. Walton is GORGEOUS!) and the activities sound fun--bonfires, family beach parties, boat parties, a dinner buffet, 80's music party. On the other hand, I'm not particularly in touch with ANYONE from high school. Oh, there's the occasional e-mail with former classmates, and I went out to dinner with one when she visited NYC, but that's about the extent of it.

So now I'm batting around all these homecoming, where I can see all my old sorority sisters, or a high school reunion, where I can see all my old classmates. I'm curious, I guess, but enough to travel to Ft. Walton Beach, FL, or Hattiesburg, MS, neither of which can be reached via direct flight from New York (a definite down-side)? Is it really worth it? Will I have *anyone* to talk to? Will anyone remember me? And could I possibly lose any weight before either event?

Right now I'm really leaning toward Homecoming--I'd like to see the new sorority house, and the Phi Mus are being *so* supportive of my writing career, now that they know about it. The high school reunion...I just can't muster up enough enthusiasm, I'm afraid.

Have any of you been to any of your high school reunions, particularly if, like me, you've long since moved away from the town in which you went to school? If so, was it worth it? Were you glad you went? Did you renew any meaningful friendships? Or was it a waste of time and dieting?

1 comment:

Sally MacKenzie said...

Oh, Kristi, Kristi. I had three kids by the time you graduated from high school.

I just went to my 30TH COLLEGE reunion in June. It was only a week or two after my mom died, and I was sick with a cold, but I had made the arrangements so I went. I'm glad I did. I didn't see a ton of my friends, but I did catch up with some and saw the campus again. And sort of caught up with the younger me, if you get what I mean. With the memories.

I say go if you can manage it. You might well have a blast--and if you don't, you'll still have some cool stories.