I have recently had cause to reflect upon school reunions. I know, some people love ‘em; some people hate ‘em. But what is it that causes the desire to reconnect with people from our past — or not want to reconnect?
The subject interested me enough to conduct a survey on the subject. Here’s the simple question I asked:
What are you first thoughts when you hear the words ‘school reunion’?
With the people I surveyed, there was no middle ground, reunions seem to be something you love or loath:
- ‘fear, horror, regrets…’
- ‘boring, recognition or lack of, waste of time….’
- “too far away (distance), fun, laughter, amazement…”
- “quite cool, would like, love to see what people are doing now, but too far away (distance)”
So, apart from the issue of distance (real or an excuse?), some of the reasons for the appeal, or not, are one/s experiences with the people with whom you went to school.
The appeal and benefits
Are there any benefits, and what is it that makes reunions work for those who attend them? Here are a couple of anecdotal personal examples that really highlight what makes a reunion.