Going to your High School reunion?

Yes, No? What’s the verdict?

I attended my 10 year reunion then moved to Canada and, since then, never went back, for any reason, not just a High School reunion.

So it was with surprise even to myself that I fully embraced the idea of going back for the first time, after 22 years, for my 40 year High School reunion. Decision made, I started planning a vacation around the event, got carried away and in the end ended up with a road trip elaborate plan that will take us on the South coasts of Portugal and Spain prior to returning to the home we left behind decades ago.

What exactly made me decide that I should go this time? It takes some sort of courage to face people that you haven’t seen for 30 years, some may look better than you, some older, some may not be in such good health…but I am sure my decision is related to the fact that I feel young, I take good care of my body, I look younger than my almost senior definition age and I have the time to travel overseas.

Plus, with age, the memories of youth keep coming back more often, bringing with them some sort of pleasant emotional state, a kind of time-travel within your own life, going back to worry-free years to enjoy once again in the company of all who mattered back then. The more you age, and especially if you don’t have health problems, it seems that the gap between your mental and physical age gets bigger and bigger; why, I don’t know, but it looks like your healthy mind wants to keep young while your body slows down little by little; what will happen to my body in 10 years, I don’t know, but I certainly hope I will still be able to travel, paint, enjoy long walks, ride an ATV and go places in Crete, ski, skate, ride the bicycle, enjoy the change in seasons and clothes, knit, create, celebrate birthdays and enjoy my family and friends.

OK, let’s go back to the reunion subject: what to wear? I need 2 outfits, one for during the day, at the school, the other for the evening, at the party. I want to keep it simple, edgy, something that screams original design and quality. I am leaning towards a semi-sheen navy, straight pant suit with a cream silk camisole during the day and a simple, dupioni silk sheath dress with an avant-garde, statement necklace and, obviously, exquisite shoes (my weak point, shoes). That should do it.

I think I’m ready to face my “past”. Now let’s wait for September, when the reunion will take place.

Will share the impressions after I return.

 

Author: Jane Rusin

Boomer, traveler, fashion designer, artist, young at heart, can't follow the crowd, thriving to stand out

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