My Thirty Year Reunion was a Blast

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Mound Westonka High School
Mound Westonka High School | Source

Purpose of a Class Reunion

According to, the purpose of a class reunion is:

  • Rekindling Old Friendships
  • Revisiting Old Memories
  • Showing Off
  • Visiting Your Home Town
  • Visiting your Family

I can't believe it's my 30 year re-union

It's really hard to believe how fast time flies. One minute your in highschool, then you find yourself graduating, onto college, Job ventures, life experiences and then...No way, it is not my thirty year reunion.

We had a really great class of 1981. Most of us were pretty close but of course there were the high school clicks. Here are some of the terms we used to describe different groups of people in high school. Burnouts, Frocks, Jocks, Nerdy, Book Smart. A burnout was someone that spent a lot of time partying. Back then, the popular drugs of choice were: alcohol, pot or marijuana and speed. I know people tried other, more dangerous drugs, but the ones I listed were pretty common place. A jock was someone that spent a lot of time in sports and athletic activities. A frock was a mix between a burnout or Fry and a jock, therefore, frock. They were in sports but also spent time partying at keggers and other party venues. I think most of us know what nerd and booksmart encompasses. Of course, there were people like me that didn't really fit any of the categories. I wasn't a great student but I wasn't a jock or burnout. My sister and I liked to hang out with all differen't types of people, it made life more exciting. For me, highschool was a nice experience. The only thing I would change if I could go back, is to take school a little more serious. I was smart but I just didn't apply myself because I didn't think it was important. Thankfully, it didn't ruin my chances for college placement and years later, I would eventually receive a Master's degree in Counseling and Psychological Services.

Our Class song of 1981

Pre-Party Gathering


This was the second year my twin sister and I, held a pre-gathering at the house. The reunion was held at the Golden Valley Country Club, just a few miles from our home. Fellow classmates have enjoyed getting together with a small group before the big event. It also helps break the ice before mingling with so many at the Country Club. Laura and I and two of our closest highschool friends, Lynn and Brian, had fun getting things prepared for our pre-party. We did a lot of yard work, just in case weather permitted us to be outside. It turned out to be a very humid day, so we ended up inside with the AC cranked. This was the first year my sister advertised it on Facebook, so we had no idea what kind of turn out we would have. Thankfully, it was a handful of people and nothing we couldn't handle. It meant a lot to Laura and I to see how comfortable people felt at our home. We had fun watching everyone catch up and enjoy themselves.

High School Friends


Buffet of Appetizers


Facebook Spreads the Word to Bring a Dish

You have to love this day and age of computer technology. Laura asked people on facebook to bring a dish/appetizer to pass. The buffet turned out to have a nice variety of goodies but not too much to ruin our appetites for the upcoming dinner at the Country Club.

Facebook Spreads the Word to B.Y.O.B.

Laura asked people to bring their own beverages via Facebook. We made sure to have some on hand just in case. Nothing like cold beverages on ice on a hot humid day.

Cold Beverages


Golden Valley Country Club

Group photo of the class of "1981"
Group photo of the class of "1981" | Source

The evening at the Country Club began with social hour. I had so much fun talking to everyone and bringing up stories of the glory days. One of the funniest moments was when I talked to a classmate named Bob. I revealed that I was afraid of him back in the day because he would follow me out of art class and punch me in the arm or push me. Bob was a really big kid and I became increasingly nervous about his antics. I wasn't sure if he hated me and was planning to hurt me, or liked me. When I reminded Bob of those memories, he laughed really hard and said, "Oh Linda, I had a mad crush on you. I am so sorry I scared you but that was my way of flirting with you." We ended up talking for a long time that night and even stood next to each other for the class photo. Funny how those memories turn out sometime. I truly thought Bob was a bully.

I am grateful to have such great friends from the graduating class of 1981. It was a special evening, full of love, laughter and memories that I'll always cherish. What a great night! I still can't believe it's been thirty years. I don't feel as old as I use to think I'd feel at a thirty year, if that makes sense

© 2011 Linda Rogers

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marellen 5 years ago

What a great hub. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your reunion. My 40th was last year and I couldn't make it and heard that it was a poor turn out. Amazing considering there was 712 of us that graduated.

BTW...where are the twins in the photo?

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Looks like such a fun time. Unfortunately I have never made it to any of my class reunions, but I enjoyed reading about yours.

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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

I was at my 30th some years ago and felt very disappointed. Mine was an all boys school so maybe that made the difference. My experience was that we had all grown so far apart that I had so little in common with the boys I once knew. Many of them sat around puffing on cigars and boasting about their achievements and acquisitions. Needless to say, I won't be going back for any more reunions any day soon. I am sorry I went to that one as it destroyed the images I had of those boys who were once my very good friends.

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

And here I thought you were only 25. LMBO

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Gypsy48 5 years ago

Great read, I am glad you had fun. I have never been to a class reunion (army Brat) I often wonder where my school friends ended up and what they look like now.

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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Marellen-Oh, I am sad to hear it wasn't a good turn out for your 40th. I wonder if the numbers start decreasing as the years go by. Our turn out was great as you can see in the picture. Thanks for reminding me to point out where Laura and I were in the photos. I added them under each one. Have a great weekend :-)

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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks a lot Susan for reading my hub and I'm glad you could live vicariously through me. I still can't believe I'm 48. I still feel somewhat young in some ways. I think I'm still pretty darn hip. Wait, if your hip, you don't say it, do you? Oops :-0

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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

That makes me so sad Spirit Whisperer. Too bad they burst your bubble with their ego's and superficialness. I remember that happening with a couple people at my 20th and one or two gals at this one. I get alittle turned off when people go to a reunion and use it to sell their business. To me a reunion is about reconnecting and not making a sale.

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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hey Frog Prince-You don't have to laugh that hard-It's not that far-fetched :-0 LOL and hee hee.

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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Are you on facebook Gypsy48? That's a really great place to find old friends. You saw what Spirit Whisperer said about him being let down. Maybe your memories are better than what could be. Just trying to be positive. Have a great weekend :-)

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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Thanks for sharing your reunion with us, it was a great read !

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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

AAWW, thanks so much Kashmir-Glad you enjoyed it :-)

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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

The Frog Prince-OMG-Maybe you weren't kidding about thinking I was 25. I thought you were just teasing but how fun if you were being serious. It's been awhile since I was that age :-)

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Aris Budianto 5 years ago from Lying along the equator Country

Reading this great hub reminds me of old friends, talking about all time, happy reunion, Minne.

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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Hi Aris, glad it brings good memories my friend :-)

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Nikki D. Felder 5 years ago from Castle Hayne, N.C.

What a blessing to see 30 years post H.S. I never went to my 10 year one. If I am so fortunate, I plan to attend the next! I see a lot of cohesiveness. You two must have been very kind and appealing to your peers. It pays off! Thanks, Nikki D. Felder

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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks so much Nikki, what a sweet thing to say. We did have a very cohesive class. As a matter of fact, we all chatted at the reunion and decided were all going to meet up for our 50th birthday in a couple years. We figure, why not celebrate the big one together.

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epigramman 5 years ago let me get this right - the first time you met all of these people you were one year old - hubincredible!

lake erie time 2:19pm

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epigramman 5 years ago .... lol ......well I am back with my most sincere apologies for not getting in touch with you a little sooner - I know I have received some very nice comments from you as of late and they were very much appreciated by yours truly. The most important question, my dear friend, is how are you feeling these days - and your lovely sister too, please know I am thinking of you right now with the most beautiful warm wishes for your health and happiness as always - and it was a grand day when we both met.

I hope you are having a wonderful, safe and productive summer - hugs to you from the Stewart family who are all well - Colin ,Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel.

lake erie time 2:27pm ...been spending a lot of time this summer in my second home, the lake itself.

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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Oh, thank goodness My Canadian prince isn't mad at me. I was getting worried that there was a rift as I took a little break on hubpages for a couple weeks to make money on RedGage. I am healthy as a horse and having a great summer. Tomorrow my ex boe from college comes for his annual visit. My garden is doing great as I growing green beans, tomatoes, scallions and cucumbers. I get so much joy from my garden. I am so glad to hear that you, Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel are enjoying your summer. I am guessing the kitties don't join you in the lake. One of the best things about hubpages my dear friend is the day I met you. Sis and I love talking about our Canadian Prince and what a sweet heart you are. God bless and hope your enjoying your evening in Lake Erie. Minnetonka time is 9:30PM. So glad were all good as I don't know how I would manage without my buddy Colin.

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Pinkchic18 5 years ago from Minnesota

Looks like a great time! I always debate whether I'd go to my high school reunions, mostly because I still talk to everyone that I'd ever desire to keep up with :) But you never know. Thanks for sharing this! It does look very fun.

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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota Author

Thanks Pinkchic-It was a lot of fun. Some day you'll probably want to go. I didn't have much of a need for it in the early years as I saw so many still. The 30 is one that's pretty cool to see people after so long. Thanks for stopping :-)

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