Tuesday, May 25, 2010

To Swim or Reunite ?

I have a dilemma.  My 20 year class reunion is this summer ... in fact, I have an opportunity to attend 2 different high school reunions.  Both reunions are on the Oregon south coast and on consecutive weekends.  It is thereby not really feasible to go to both as that would constitute a lot of travel.  I considered staying through the week but that conflicts with our county fair.  The fair is important to the kids as they have been working on projects to enter in Open Class all year.

To further complicate matters, COMA hosts the annual Cascade Lakes Swim Series the same weekend as North Bend's reunion. I have been wanting to participate each year since I started swimming but something always seems to come up.  A number of my teammates are swimming this year - including my best friend.  It would be so fun to camp up there and revel in the comraderie of competition.

I am, honestly, on the fence.

To give a little background, I attended schools in Bandon from preschool through 9th grade.  After my freshman year, we moved to North Bend, where I graduated.  While attending NB, the summer after my sophomore year, I met a guy who I started dating.  He was a couple of years older than me and was a freshman at the local community college.  I spent most of my free time with him ... in fact, we even worked together at Safeway and later at a video rental store.  Coincidentally, he had also graduated from NB so we knew many of the same people.  We continued to date through college and eventually married.  Through him, I have developed numerous friendships and acquaintances from his graduating year.  I even attended his reunion last summer.

As is true for many, Facebook has enabled me to re-connect with many of my friends from high school and even elementary school.  I have even developed new friendships with several spouses with whom we share many common interests (running, homeschooling, etc.).  In some respects, I feel I am building stronger friendships because of Facebook with friends from Bandon than from North Bend.

So - what would you do?

P.S.  A teammate says ... Swim!  Coach says he's conflicted because reunions are important to him and he has never missed one.  Speaking of which - I didn't attend my 10 year reunion either as I had had an opportunity to take part in an all-expenses paid teacher training at NASA. 


  1. I vote for Fair and Swim. Last year was our Pirate 20th. We did more reconnecting on FB than in person. For the two or so months leading up, I accepted all of my class mate's friend requests - it was alot of fun on line, then hid or took them off after the reunion. :) Fair is important now. :)

  2. I would take comfort in the fact that there is no wrong answer. In this case, it is truly what your heart desires :-)


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