Westhampton Beach, New York, October 27, 2007 - When we were planning our 20th high school reunion this past spring, someone objected to the idea of using Evite instead of good old fashioned paper invitations. Most people our age aren't tech-savvy enough to deal with that, he said. Nonsense, I responded, and I did my best to promote the reunion via Evite, Facebook, Classmates, website, and multiple emails via email-list and directly.
Only about 25 of our 230 classmates showed up to the reunion this past weekend.
Turns out he was right; I had lots of people tell me that they never received an invitation (meaning a paper invitation) even after I know they read the evite, and I have a feeling that some people just ignore emails altogether. And forget trying to explain Facebook to most people over the age of 35. I'd bet that the class of 1997 doesn't have such problems.
Still, it was great fun. 25 seemed to be a good number, actually. As it was, I feel like I didn't have enough time to talk to as many people as I wanted to. It would have been even harder if there were 100 of us. Someone asked me if many of my friends came back; yes, some did, but it didn't seem to matter. Everyone there felt like good old friends.
Sue and I were part of the distinct minority who didn't have kids yet. And how: not only did some of my classmates have kids who've graduated from high school already, but at least two are grandmothers! Yikes. I might not even be a grandparent at my 50th.
(Photos of the reunion can be found here. Of course, if you didn't go to high school with me, you probably won't find the photos very interesting at all. But you're welcome to look at them anyway...)