My 50th high school reunion is in a month, and there have been numerous posts and Friend requests on Facebook. It all makes me a little nervous, but since we survived Paul's reunion earlier this summer, I'm sure we will weather mine, too. I signed up for the get-together on Friday night and the dinner-dance Saturday, and we have booked two nights at the hotel. On the Saturday, I thought maybe Paul and I could take a drive over to the C&O Canal and walk by the Potomac. Other than that, we have not figured out how long we'll be gone or what we'll do. There are some old friends I am looking forward to seeing, friends I've known since junior high and with whom I've kept in touch over the years.
The big questions in preparation have been what to wear and what song to request for the dinner? They have been on my mind all summer. What to wear is like a moving target - I change my mind daily, and of course the weather plays a part in that. It can still be hot in Maryland in late September.
The song is hard, too, though, as it says something about who we were, are, and, maybe, becoming. Others have chosen things like "Sherry" or "My Girl." One friend chose a Beatles song I like, "In My Life," which says a lot about the event. But I was moving away from rock 'n' roll by the time high school ended and was more into folk music. Finally, I chose Bob Dylan's "My Back Pages" which has the wonderful refrain I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now. (The link is to a particularly nice version with Joan Osborne and Jackson Browne) I was even happier with my choice when I asked Paul what he would choose for me and he suggested the same thing. Now back to worrying about what to wear!