Can you spot me? (hint: middle row) This is my kindergarten photo. 1979. Yes!
My 20th high school reunion is on July 7th. I’m planning it. I’m from a very small town, and half the kids I graduated with attended all 13 years of school together. We’re tight-knit, as reunion groups go. So people want this thing to happen. I have some help (one lone helper…), but this is stressing me out. People do NOT communicate well. I have resorted to bombarding people with increasingly shrill emails and Facebook messages in a valiant attempt to figure out who is coming to which event.
I have also been informed that many people feel the ticket price for the formal dinner/dance/event was too high ($40). However, no one bothered to share that with me, and I had put the formal dinner together because the general consensus was that people wanted “something nice.” However, they do not want to pay for “something nice.” Which is completely fine and understandable, but if someone would have just said… “Maybe we could do a pizza night instead?” I would have jumped on it.
So now, since hardly anyone has RSVP’d… you guessed it! I’m on the verge of canceling the fancy dinner and pulling together a last-minute pizza party. Pizza places always have banquet rooms (sometimes for free) and it’s pretty easy to pull together a pizza party with little notice. I’m completely fine with this — I’m just upset that no one bothered to give me feedback, even as I BEGGED for feedback. This is not the first time I’ve noticed this phenomenon.
It will be fun. People will come. Right? I’m Class President and I have the power, so I can just say, “Screw ya’ll!” and cancel the whole thing if that seems necessary, so really, it will be fine either way.
However, for our 30th reunion? I think it’s going to be bar night on Friday, and pizza night on Saturday, and call it good. And guess what? THAT will be the time when people will grumble about it ‘being kind of cheap.’
(people! if your class is having a reunion and you don’t want to come — please just tell the organizer that! If you want to be extra-nice, let them know WHY. Maybe it can be fixed.)