High School Reunions, College Reunions, Family Reunions – doesn’t matter what kind, they’re still an avenue to reunite with friends and loved ones. It’s an odd ritual involving hundreds of people, thousands of dollars, and thousands of miles. Pictures are dug out of wallets, names dug out of nowhere, and partners and offspring paraded for approval. Business cards fly as fast as you can say, “Of course I remember you!” It’s that great American tradition: the reunion.

I was still living in the Seattle area where I grew up when our High School 10-year reunion took place.  That one I attended – and it was good.  It was great seeing all my friends and classmates, catching up on what they’d been up to for the last 10 years and meeting their families.  Especially since our graduation class was small compared to other schools – a whole whopping 62 graduating students.

When our subsequent reunion happened last summer, I wasn’t able to attend, because we were dealing with the health issues and impending death of my father-in-law.  It would have been nice to reunite with friends from high school, in spite of the nervousness all reunions tend to instill.  Since we’re planning on moving back to the Seattle area sometime next year, if there’s another reunion, I’ll definitely be there.  You know, if the world doesn’t come to an end this October or on December 21, 2012 that is.

The reunion I most look forward to though, is when we do move back to Seattle where my parents and two of my siblings still live, not to mention the scores of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews – and friends.  That will be a sweet reunion for sure, especially since we haven’t made the trek out that way very often over the last 13 years.

That will also mean being able to go to Nevada to reunite with my best friend, with weekend visits becoming a regular thing – flying there from Seattle is so much easier/faster/better than flying across the country.  13 years being so far away from family and friends has been excruciating – but oh how sweet those reunions will be when we finally make it ‘home’.

Did/do you go to any reunions?  Love ’em or hate ’em?

This Spin Cycle was brought to you in part by Jen, who after a 6-month hiatus, has reunited the Spinners for some fun and is also Sprite’s Keeper.  Stop by and check out the Reunited Spinners – you’ll be glad you did!


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  1. I guess reunions are on a love/hate thing for me.. depending on who is going to be present at it.. I rather go for the 1-on-1 with a long lost cousin then a huge group of them.

  2. Family reunions are the best I think! It is so cool to gather with brothers, sisters, moms and dads; cousins, aunts and uncles! Fun times and lots of stories.
    I have never been to one of my high school reunions! Though I will try to make it to one soon. Should be fun!
    Did go to one of my husbands’ and we had a blast!
    So I guess I am for them!! Ha!

  3. I’m not real big on high school reunions. Maybe because I had over 800 in my class. You only really know about a half dozen really well and those I see whenever I get up to Seattle. Reunions with friends and family are a totally different thing. I love to get together with friends, share a bottle or two of wine, and talk over old times and our many ailments 🙂

  4. Class reunions I can take – enjoy, even. But family reunions? Goodgodalmighty, NO. A resounding NO. Unless you really like incoherent, drunken Jerry Springer-esque brawling.

  5. have never been to one of my HS or college reunions…but the family reunion you talk of sounds very nice…

  6. I’m on the ‘hate ’em team’. But that’s probably because I don’t like obligatory socializing and mingling. I’m not good at it.

  7. Love & hate reunions. Love seeing people I haven’t seen in forever. Hate the rest.
    Aren’t you glad the spin is back?!

  8. I’ve got to admit that I have never been to one of my high school reunions but I do keep in contact with a lot of friends from high school. I still E-mail back and forth with my 4th grade boy friend so it is not like I’m not social. I do attend family reunions from time to time but I noticed last time everyone set with their immediate families so I had to deliberately go mingle as no one was making the effort. I thought that was odd.
    Coming over to visit because I enjoy your blog.

  9. oooooh, you totally reminded me. My most favorite reunion is when I get to see my best friend. I’m in Florida and she’s in Philly, but we get to see each other at least once a year when her family meets up in Vero Beach. She’s the kind of friend who is so close it doesn’t matter if we talked 6 months ago or yesterday we can pick up where we left off like its just been 5 minutes and I wish we lived closer!

  10. I have yet to say yes to a high school reunion, there’s only been one as far as I’m aware, but still!
    I guess I’m just so happy where I am now in life that I don’t feel like revisiting my old days. Short sighted of me, I know, but maybe if they bring the fees down to less than $100 a person for a reunion ticket, I’ll think about it. 🙂
    I hope you get back to Seattle soon!
    You’re linked!

  11. I would love to have a family reunion, but since our family is quite small, and our immediate family is still in town, it doesn’t make sense.

  12. I avoid school reunions like the plague. Ugh! I hated high school.

    I’ve never been to a family reunion but I would love to go to one, especially if it was a Scotland family reunion for my husband’s family. 🙂

  13. I call your graduating class of 62 and throw at you a graduating class of 18….yeap, that would have been my graduating class if I had stayed in high school….. small huh? And nope, I’m not from a honkey-tonk town – the big city for me!

    But family is the best type of reunion, hands down, that is, if you can stand them LOL

  14. Not such a fan of family or school reunions–but reunions with friends who live far away–those I can look forward to. We are having one this weekend.

  15. Reunions are a lot of work (if you’re the one hosting) and a lot of fun. I especially love family reunions. Things can get pretty intense at times, but always interesting. I hope you get lots more visits with your friend once you move.

  16. I love your new font. It’s so pretty. I have such an issue with finding fonts that I like.

    Great spin-reunions can be so much work for sure!

  17. We didn’t have a 5 year or 15 year or 20 year or 30 year but we did have a 10 year and 25 year (I organized the last one). We also had a 50th Birthday bash the year we mostly all turned 50 and that was a lot of fun. We had a potluck dinner just to have an excuse to get together. We are currently organizing our 35th (or I am trying to) and am looking forward to seeing everyone again. It’s a little difficult to organize a class reunion in Virginia when I live in Georgia but I accepted the challenge and hopefully it will turn out fine.

  18. I LOVE family reunions and we have not had one in AGES!! We used to do them every father’s day before Grandpa passed. We have scattered so much and with work schedules and gas prices….

    I hated our high school reunion.

  19. I can hear the anticipation, reuniting with your family after so many years.

    Reunions are not my cup of tea. I figure that since these people had a part in my past, that unless fate brings us together again, that who am I to mess with the past.

  20. I can hear the anticipation, reuniting with your family after so many years. Congrats!

    Reunions are not my cup of tea. I figure that since these people had a part in my past, that unless fate brings us together again, that who am I to mess with the past.

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