Ilyn is currently embroiled in the organization of their High School 20 years reunion. It seems she enjoyed High School a great deal and had a lot of friends from that time. Sad to say, I don’t. I didn’t like High School very much. There were only very few people I could really connect with and be friends with. And the only person I could consider a best friend from that time is now dead.
The things I liked seemed to be incongruent with what most people in High School liked. Well, most everybody was interested in Basketball. I wasn’t. I spent time in the library to read Tintin, which hardly anyone else did. I wasn’t interested in dressing up and my hair was always a mess. I found an interest in Scouting, but remembering it, it was just one embarrassment after another. Some of the things I did, I can’t ever repeat, even if you torture me. I was really just the odd one out.
Reading through the messages in our High School mailing list today, I find I’m still the odd one out. They still very much like basketball. Nothing wrong with that. At our age, it would be healthy exercise. But basketball just doesn’t interest me at all. They have a lot of humor on the mailing list, the same kind from High School, but it’s humor that I just don’t get. I try to get along, but it’s forced. Maybe I really just should move along.
If I sum it up, my four years of High School, plus the 2 years of grade school in that school, was really just unpleasant. It’s a time in my life that I really don’t want to remember. If there was a reunion, I wouldn’t go. There were plenty of good moments, but they are simply overshadowed and overwhelmed by the bad ones.
I still do have a few friends from that time. But it’s been a while since we’ve been in touch.
I liked College a whole lot more. I have plenty of friends from that time. I’ll write about it one of these days.