Tonight, my old middle school had it's 30th Annual Benefactors Banquet. Additionally, as it was my class's 25th Graduation Anniversary (Class of 1988), we were asked to attend. Despite some efforts by me and some of my classmates, only two of us attended the banquet.
A lot of my friends from the elementary school went on to public middle schools. Some of them questioned why I went to a Catholic school (it wasn't my choice, it was my parents). My public school friends looked at the Catholic school students as "rich snobs".
I had a difficult time adjusting as I was socially awkward as a youth. I didn't fit in with some of the more popular kids and was bullied a bit. I'll admit that I remember these experiences quite a bit. Though if I do take a step back, I'll admit that I did have some friends and things were probably better than I remembered. I did get tired of being bullied and started pushing back though! :)
One positive experience was being part of the school's basketball and baseball teams. The school had not formed teams during my three years there. It seemed like they hadn't had teams in quite a while. But a new teacher from another school noticed and started forming teams at the school.
While our class team's (boys basketball, girls basketball and boys baseball) did not do anything spectacular in one year of participating in athletics, the school has retained it's sports program in the 25 years since.
So while our teams will not be remembered for it's accomplishments, we can all feel proud to having been the ones that RESTARTED the sports program.
Lastly, I'll have to talk about my relationships with my classmates. While I did have some negative experiences, those are long in the past. I have met up with a few of my former classmates over the years for many reasons. I'll admit that it is good to see people and catch up. From my perspective, I don't share a ton of experiences with my classmates due to being at the school for only three years and not being a "popular kid".
But all of that doesn't matter now. I take away my own positives and I know my classmates will do the same. No matter where we are and what we are doing, the Class of 1988 will always be tied together in that particular moment in time.
Happy 25th Anniversary to all of my classmates.