Yes indeed, the North Kansas City graduating class of 1962 is having its fiftieth reunion in September. There's a website set up for us to create a profile, add a recent picture, and tell a little about ourselves. So far, I have only seen one face I remember among the living, a girl who was in the popular group but was never condescending toward those of us who were largely invisible. She's the one who called me and told me about the reunion and the website.
The attendees will be the successful ones, the professionals, the ones who went to college.
There were over five hundred people in my graduating class. One hundred forty-eight of them have set up profiles on the website; so far, eighty-three of them plan to attend the reunion. They are the same ones who were so popular in high school.
Most of the class is missing in action.
I read the profiles and looked at the updated pictures: Some of them are actually much better looking in their sixties than they were as teenagers! Sadly, seventy-five of my old classmates have died. I did see a couple of faces I recall in that group, one of them a boy who went to the same church as my family. Interestingly enough, that kid's dad is 93. He was widowed and later remarried at age 87. I know this because my sister still goes to that same church and so does he.
I was a loner in high school, perhaps more so than I am now. I had no close friends. I didn't go to the prom. I didn't date, although a couple of boys asked me out and I turned them down. Good Lord, I didn't know how a person should act on a date! The very thought of it scared me to death.
Don't I sound like the kind of person who would take a gun into a mall and start shooting people?
Even though I didn't interact with anybody in high school, it's amazing the feelings that are resurrected when I see the names and faces from those days.
Not always good feelings, but certainly strong ones. I was
Not branded with these names by others, but by myself. I had never learned how to make friends, and I wasn't sure I needed them anyhow.