HS Reunion? Maybe. Or let’s bring Elementary School back to the future.


A few months ago when I first started hearing bits and pieces through emails and on Facebook that my 10-year reunion was coming up, I straight up ignored that shit. I didn’t make a decision as to whether or not I would be going, rather I made the decision to put it out of my mind altogether and to decide later whether or not I would attend.

Per usual, here I am the night before the money is due, AND I STILL HAVE NO IDEA!!!!

I’m sure there are those of you who are going to tell me, “Sure Carissa, what do you have to lose? You’ll end up having a blast!” And you know what? I’m sure that when it is all said and done, that I WOULD have a blast, but we can’t discount the possibility that in order for that to happen I would have to be so balls- to- the- wall wasted that I wouldn’t remember it.

But I’m also fairly sure that there are some of you -who like me, are either on the fence about attending your own reunion, or decided not to go because you felt it wasn’t worth the effort or the money. I’m not even sure if this is how I feel. I don’t know how I feel anymore. I JUST CAN”T DECIDE! SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT TO DO!

Sorry for yelling. I’ve just been thinking long and hard (TWSS) about this one, and it’s a toughie. On the one hand, there are a lot of people that I would love to catch up with. I haven’t kept in good touch with most of my friends from high school and I think it would be real freaking awkward nice to see everyone again. Even more so, I feel like I’ve gotten to “know” a lot of the people who I wasn’t so close with by stalking their Facebook pages, and shizzles, it feels like I was missing out on some really awesome people back then. On top of all that, damn I look good and I want to show off! I kid… No but for real, while I’ve lost all this weight, most of the people I knew back then don’t even know I gained and lost a hundred pounds in the last 10 years, so I feel like that isn’t a good reason to go.

I guess my reservations are probably like a lot of peoples. I’ve heard that the 10 year reunion is kind of like a “show off” parade, where people talk about all of their accomplishments, show off pictures of their children, and talk about their career advancements. Don’t get me wrong great peoples of the nets, I’m proud of what I’ve done over the last ten years, and I have no shame at showing up single at an event like this. (although if John Cusack or Ketchup wanted to go with me, I’d be bout it bout it.)  I am aware that my goals are probably different from most people who I went to high school with, and that I’m not exactly on a “conventional” life path. I am perfectly fine with the fact that most people would probably raise their eyebrows at the amount of pride that I take in the fact that I have performed comedy, that I have been published, that some people actually read my blog, or that I am in fact, content being single. (At least 79% of the time.)

I feel that I have gone through so many changes since high school, and despite living in a world of complete (controlled) chaos, I like who I’ve become. I still have a long way to go, but for the most part (Yay) I’m a hell of a lot more comfortable with who I am today, and I’m a much over all “better” (despite my faults) person than I was back then.

Here’s my thing. I like who I am now. I like my life now. And while there are some things that I enjoyed about high school, I would much rather bring them to me, than take a roller coaster down memory lane back to that time of my life. I would like it better if I could magically just pick a few things that I liked about my high school life and apply them to my life now. Like the ability to wear overalls without people thinking I was a farmer. Or glitter. Or getting ready with a big group of girls before a dance, that was fun.

But you know what was WAYYY better than high school?????

Certainly not Junior High. That was even more awkward. I had like 30 pet mice,  wore nothing but vintage clothes, and really and truly believed that I could communicate with ghosts.  Which was cool, but back then I cared a lot about what people thought of me so I nixed out all of the awkward from my life as soon as I realized it wasn’t cool.

Let’s take it back a little further, shall we? Elementary School. That time of my life was made of awesome. I didn’t care what anyone thought of the fact that I wore Umbros and hand painted t-shirts everyday. Life was fun! I know it had it’s downsides, (like when I wasn’t invited to Brooke’s slumber party, or when some guy called me a one armed pirate because I had my arm in a body cast and an eyepatch on at the same time) but all in all, life was pretty care free. Again, I wouldn’t necessarily go back there- but I’ve been thinking about the 5 things from my personal Elementary experience that I would like to have in my adult life. So let’s do this.

TOP 5 THINGS FROM ELEMENTARY SCHOOL I WANT IN MY LIFE NOW!!!!!


My Tree-House: I had the best. tree-house. evah! While it wasn’t too big, it was perfectly adequate for my needs. (TWSS!!) But seriously, two of my favorite pastimes include making badass forts, and drinking on patios. Drinking in a treehouse would basically be the perfect cocktail of the two. Especially if I had cute boys next door that we could spy on. If that was the case, I would definitely remove the “NO BOYS ALOUD” (I was a poor speller) sign from the wall.


The School Cafeteria: I’ll admit it, while some of the best times happened there, so did some of the worst. I have a clear memory of walking through the cafeteria with my tray and crossing my fingers that someone at the “cool table” saved me a seat, but either way- fun times ensued. One of the worst times in my life was when my 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Honzel, force- fed me green beans and made me drink her tea with red lipstick on the cup, to wash it down. But then I have to remember “The Game.” “The Game,” was almost as fun as the bug game. Everyone at my table would take an item of food from their own lunch, and contribute it to the community tray, then we would mix it up good, and each take turns trying to stomach it. I think it landed a few of us in the principals office… but TOTALLY WORTH IT! Maybe if I go to the reunion I will try to organize a rendition of this particular game… only maybe with drinks. IN ADDITION. Not that I’m as interested in these things these days, but do you remember that a Star Crunch cookie was only five cents?? Or that a NuttyBar was only 10 cents? Or that they served delicious square pizza??? #IWonderWhyIWasFat


Nap Time: Dude, this really needs no explanation. I used to hate it when my teachers forced us to take naps. I would do anything to resist the nap. I’m pretty sure I LITERALLY held my eyeballs open just to prove a point. But if my boss came to me now and told me “Carissa, you must force yourself to shut up and go to sleep for 45 minutes,” I would probably clip her toenails with my teeth. Seriously. Make me take a nap! PLEASE!


Recess: Another given. Fun and beneficial. Can you imagine if we got recess for thirty minutes every day? And I’m not talking about a cigarette break in the back of the office, but a recess where everyone was forced to go outside and “play?” I would be a thousand times more productive. Not only would I have the chance to hone up on my four square skills (because, yes, I was am-haze-ing) but I could also take out some much needed aggression on my co-workers in a friendly game of dodge-ball, or “tie your head up in a teather ball string.”


Talent Shows: I’ve talked a lot about this today, both on Facebook and on Twitter, and I was being quite serious. I’m sick of all these shows that showcase talent. You can take your “American Idols” and “So You Think You Can Dance” and shove em’. (Although I really do love SYTYCD) The real fun is where there isn’t any talent. I wish I had a way to post some of my early talent show videos for you… dancing to Debbie Gibson and Kris Kross… Singing to Night Fever… Lip Synching to New Kids on the Block. Wobbly Arms and no rhythm… THATS where the entertainments at. I would so spend hours making up a dance to Britney Spears, even today.


So basically what I’m saying is that we should have a talent show. What would you do? There’s no rules here.

And also, SHOULD I GO TO THE REUNION!?!?!?


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  • http://www.kidtogrownup.com/ BobbiJanay@Kid to a Grown Up

    Girl just go so you can laugh and cry and everything inbetween.

  • http://karisa-tells-all.blogspot.com/ Karisa Tells All

    I think I would rather go to a jr. high reunion than a hs reunion. Mostly b/c I am hotter now than I was in jr. high, but fatter than I was in hs.

  • ScoMan

    I know I won't be going to mine, and I won't be going for a lot of the reasons you mentioned.

    I'm happy with my life, though it isn't exactly conventional. I'm happy being single and I have no interest in seeing anyone. I'm happy living in a town where nobody knows me and only catching up with friends and family on the weekends rather than through the week.

    I know if I went people would be talking about their weddings and kids and whatever all night, and making me justify why I'm single.. because they couldn't comprehend how someone can be happier alone.

    I don't like having to justify my choices.

  • http://iaintchanged.blogpsot.com Elise

    Facebook has ruined the high school reunion.

    I didn't go to mine – but that was because no-one actually organised one, so that's kind of null and void… but if they had have, I wouldn't have gone. I feel like it would have been a whole heap of people judging each other, myself included. I don't need that shit. I vote no, but if you want to rub their noses in how hot you look now, I say go for it!

  • CarissaJaded

    EXACTLY! It's the justifying that's more annoying than anything! Trying to explain why I do what I do… Blerg…

  • CarissaJaded

    Haha perhaps you're right!

  • CarissaJaded

    Ah Junior High I was such a dork! I mean, I would like to go back and smack myself, and tell myself not to purposely make my ankles crack when I walked, it would stick!

    Elementary school was where it was at!

  • http://www.theinternalmakeover.com kathryn

    I can't tell you what to do. This is YOUR decision, sweetie. I will tell you that for me, I feel strongly that if ppl are meant to be in your present, they'd already be here. I haven't attended any of my reunions. I'm sure they're a hoot…but I simply feel stronger about moving forward. I'm sure if you spoke to 50 ppl about their reunions, you'd get opinions/impressions across the board.

  • http://edsfunnypages.blogspot.com Ed Adams

    Definitely. I struggled with the same decision when mine came up. I was workig a measly job part time, while also going to school part time and being a stay at home dad. My wife was teaching, and I felt a little ashamed that I was living off her or hadn't done much to that point in my life.
    But I went and had a lot more fun than I thought I would. And honestly, people don't really care about all that shit anyway, and are often in a similar boat in some aspect. I didn't even have to get wasted, which I thought I would. (I saved that for my wife's 10 yr reunion). But it was great seeing everybody and seeing how much they had changed.
    I had so much fun, I am looking forward to my 20 yr reunion in 2013. Gosh I feel old now.

  • herding Cats

    I don't have an answer to your question, but you must have graduated the same year as me – because my ten-year is coming up (fist bump).

    Anyways, I struggle with the same debate as you, and I probably will go. Unfortunately, they always plan these things during Thanksgiving break – so I will be in my hometown with friends pressuring me. I had a five-year reunion, and that was just stupid because none of us had anything exciting going on. Now we have people who are married, have exciting jobs, or (good lord) even babies. I can practically smell the competition.

  • gofahne

    As your elder, I actually have some solid advice on this one. Don't you feel lucky? 😉

    1 – Go
    2 – Think of the blog fodder
    3 – If you don't go, your life won't be any worse for wear
    4 – But if you do go….

    I went to my reunion last year. I attended one of THE snobbiest most pretentious schools in Dallas and I didn't have anyone I wanted to keep up with that I'm not friends with to this day. I was actually semi in the “popular” crowd, but I'm not that person anymore and I haven't been (or really ever was) friends with any of those people since the day I wasn't a cheerleader anymore. So the thought of falling into all that crap felt like nails on a chalk board to me. However, I went. And it was AMAZING. Yes I think people should be careful about the amount they drink, but it was one of the more fun nights of my life. Why you ask?

    Because as a single, fun, no longer worried about what anyone thinks, better version of me…I realized very quickly how awesome it was that I DIDN'T stay the person I was 5 years ago. I got better (and worse), stronger, smarter, DEFINITELY funnier, and I stopped caring about ALL of that HS crap.

    Most people? Did not. A lot of the same clicks existed and I actually saw the popular, beautiful people stand like wall flowers in a corner. Then all the normals and the “geeks” and those that completely came into their own after HS got out on the dance floor and had the TIME of our lives.

    I loved it. I don't regret going for a second. And I loved seeing a barometer of what my life once was and how far I've come.

    On a less serious note, I want naps and recess back…stat.

  • gofahne

    Oops, that 5 years should have been 10. I'm almost 30 yo. Wishful thinking.

  • http://hillbillyduhn.blogspot.com hillbillyduhn

    I'm pretty sure, my talent would be nixed!

    Go to your ten year reunion. I did. It was really boring and I left early. And ended up hanging with friends I've missed and truly wanted to be with. It was better than then the reunion, but if I never would've gone, I wouldn't have hung with them otherwise.

    Go. Be you. And rock it.

  • malonzo

    My vote: you should go. See it as just another social gathering. You may come out of it with a couple of new friends that you may not have had while in HS. Or you get some free drinks out of it.

    And you are right, nap time at work should be in every job description.

    Meet w/boss at 10am
    Meet w/client at 11am
    Lunch 12pm
    Nap 1pm
    Create presentation 2pm

  • hollywoodsucker

    You should go. I would go to mine if I didn't to make a special trip to the opposite coast for it. And I hated everyone I went to school with. I'm just curious to see how everyone is. To see if they all still exist.

    GO

  • http://www.onesteptorecovery.com starzskymoon

    Well, I hated high school and the majority of the people in my class because they made my life a living hell and nightmare to the point I would just not go . . . so, regardless of the fact that I was my Sr. Class President (can you believe that shiz?), I am not putting together a 10-year reunion for my class nor do I ever intend to do one.

    That's my opinion. But that's also my experience :)

  • spicyem

    I had this come up last year, for my 10th, even thought I still look like I could be barely graduated from high school. I think it depends on how much you hated high school. I hated it, and really only like a few select people. I connect with those people via Facebook. Everyone else I could care less about, and have no point in seeing them trying to impress me with their lives. I really don't care. Frankly, I wouldn't go to mine even if you stuck a gun to my head. Yeah, I hated high school.

    If you didn't hate high school, and genuinely want to catch up with some people, go. It's great to be confident in the new year and how you have changed positively since HS – just make sure it doesn't come off as bragging in a reunion type setting.

    And I agree with the other person who commented. If you are single gal, it will all be about… “you're not married?” with a weird look. It's not weird to be single. But the marrieds and mothers just really don't understand why you'd want to be that way. Nevermind that they are happily married and were one of the lucky ones. It's not always like that for everyone. They are just uncool in my book. You don't have to justify anything, you are happy with who you are, and that's all that matters.

    I'm just not seeing the sense of high school reunions anymore, especially with Facebook, but that's me.

  • hiphophippie

    Oh my gosh, I HATED my 10 year reunion! I thought it was going to be so much fun, but it WAS NOT. The guys look pretty bad and the women all look GREAT! It was crazy! And everyone's married with kids, boooooring. Mine was two days long, but after the first day I was like, FUCK THIS. So I stayed home and drank wine with my Mom, haha!

  • http://condo-blues.blogspot.com Condo Blues

    Go to your reunion. I did. And this comes from someone who comes from a school that was straight out of Heathers. I still have the mental scars… Anyway, the crazy thing about my reunion was that all of the way too cool to speak to anyone people in high school who moved away from my small town where the nice ones who talked to everyone and for some reason I was a popular person at my reunion, unlike HS I was on the fringe. The REAL entertainment was seeing the people who never moved away – they still acted as cliquey as they did back then – like they still were in HS. It was a real Romy and Michelle HS Reunion moment.

  • http://condo-blues.blogspot.com Condo Blues

    I forgot to add that I found out at my reunion that appartently I've been turning boy gay since middle school. The guy I had a mad crush on = gay. The guy who had a big crush on me (that I killed with those horrible words I love you like a brother – bad me) = gay. The guy I dated once as a friend and was my dance partner in a muscial (clue!!) = also gay. Thank goodness I didn't meet my husband until waaaaay after college!

  • viv30

    LOVE it. I want recess back! I suddenly miss teather ball. OH! How I would love a Talent Show. I would sing AND dance… in the meantime, I would have to learn how, though. OR maybe I'll perform a monologue… so many ideas! We might have to have 2 Talent Shows.

    Go to your reunion, unless it will make you sad. If you have better memories of 1st grade than you do of HS, (like me) then don't.

  • http://www.postcardsandpassports.com meg

    oh my god, elementary school was totally awesome!! those were some good times right there! i also love tree forts, and miss mine dearly. Lord knows as soon as I get an actual house with a backyard and some trees, I will be constructing the greatest tree fort ever.
    as for the high school reunion…I have no idea if you should go, but I do know that there is no way in hell I will be attending mine, cause all I can picture is awkwardness and having to pretend to be interested in pictures of people's kids when i reallllly don't care.

  • http://idothings.info JD at I Do Things

    GO!

    Go to the reunion and wear an arm cast and eyepatch. Then force everyone to take a nap (this will be easy after the mix-all-your-drinks-together game).

    Then report back. Because, if nothing else? It will make a great blog post.

  • http://drivingmissdallas.blogspot.com Miss Dallas

    Holy Crap! 10-year reunions? I can't believe mine is NEXT YEAR!

    Thanks for the cold shower… :(

  • http://www.nikkidz.blogspot.com Nikki

    Go to the reunion. I will send you a bottle of puffy paint and my talent show VHS tape so you can learn the Debbie Gibson routine my sister Choreographed.

    Please find a photo of those overalls.

  • deeptesh

    The points were interesting. And also humorous! Hope u wl b able to implement all of these one day!n plz drop by http://www.danceofaghost.blogspot.com

  • Kellie B

    So are you going? I can't decide if I want to go to mine either…

  • http://30isthenew13.blogspot.com Sada

    NO BOYS ALOUD! Man, I love you. Not clipping-your-toenails-with-my-teeth love, but love all the same. At our talent show, I will obviously lip synch to Lisa Lisa's “Lost In Emotion.” Oh, wait, that's actually what I was going to do in my canceled (boo! hiss!) fourth grade talent show.

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com Candice

    DO IT. You will have a blast, and you will be fabulous! I promise!

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com Candice

    For fucksakes. I changed the date on my RSS reader and I'm not getting all my old blog posts, hahahah. Ignore that last comment.

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com Candice

    DO IT. You will have a blast, and you will be fabulous! I promise!

  • http://www.candicedoestheworld.com Candice

    For fucksakes. I changed the date on my RSS reader and I'm not getting all my old blog posts, hahahah. Ignore that last comment.