Highschool never ends

My highschool reunion is this saturday. Yes, it's been eleven years, not 10, yes not everyone was invited because it was put together last minute by someone besides our MIA class president, and yes I am going.

Unlike fabled Hollywood movie experiences, I actually had a pretty good time in highschool. I liked most people and most people liked me. I was not class president, head cheerleader or in the drama club (although I actually did want to be in the drama club, unfortunately the kids there all seemed to be depressed goths who thought they were witches or vampires). No, I was your regular kid. Not really into anything, friends with everyone, B student. It wasn't until the summer before my senior year my dad had a talk with me and said he knew I was capable of A's and he expected them. He'd never really seemed to care before...so of course that year I got straight A's.

Then, even though I really never tried out for anything in highschool, a friend of mine convinced me to try out to give the graduation speech. They picked me. Normal, regular, nice little run-of-the-mill me. It was funny when they read the names and honors as we walked down the stage at the end. They named off the other speaker first, "Caroline Bodkin. Honors program, IB program, valedictorian, head cheerleader, blah, blah, blah." And then, "Sarah Buhr". That's it, just "Sarah Buhr". I could see people's faces in the audience, expecting them to say something about the other speaker. Surely I must've done something great, I was the speaker. Nope, nada, just "Sarah Buhr" and then we walked off the stage together.

I didn't really start to get involved in much till college. I wasn't competing for anything and just wanted to be a kid and have fun. And that's exactly what I did. I'm really excited to see everyone again.


Steve said…
Have fun! We still haven't had our reunion for similar reasons and this summer was year 12. Maybe lucky 13 next year?
I too loved high school. It was so easy and even though it wasn't until college when I finally figured out how easy you girls are, I had my moments! hehe.
I never heard of "speech tryouts". They just had our valedictorian, I think, give ours. Honestly, other than knowing I was there, I can't remember that much about that day, haha.
abby said…
It's been 13 years since I graduated high school. I skipped the 5th and 10th reunion mostly because I was away both times. We always have ours during Thanksgiving. I guess they figure no one would want to make a special trip up there. I kept in contact with all my best high school friends and they always thought the people at school were lame. They still harbor resentment towards them. Now I'm on Facebook and connected to some of the most popular people. We never really talked (still don't) but it's fun to see what they are up to. Ironically, the most crass girl in school now lives in SLC. She's very much not LDS but I thought that was funny.

The one event I distinctly remember from graduation day was how someone made a speech and then half the guys in the audience started smoking cigars. It was so against school rules, but no one could do anything about it since it was in the middle of the ceremony. It was also the first and only time I stayed up till 6:30 am. The next day I felt like I had a hang over.
B. said…
I think my reunion is this weekend too. I was hoping I'd forgotten and missed it but they keep sending me reminders.

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