Where are you and why don't you come to your high school reunions?
Each five or 10 years, a few of your classmates who still live in your hometown spend many hours planning your class reunion, searching for addresses, mailing letters and questionnaires, planning activities and meals, etc., in hopes you will attend a friendly, informal get-together and renew old friendships or perhaps develop some new friendships.
Your classmates from coast to coast, border to border, come "home" every five or ten years, wishing you would find the time to visit. Many who are coming back don't have any other ties to our hometown anymore - only that they went to school here.
After visiting with many "hometowners" who plan the reunions and are disappointed that other hometowners don't make an effort - when the out-of-towners and those out-of-state, even the ones out-of-country, do - and because I have been involved in the planning of ALL my class reunions, I decided I couldn't keep quiet any longer.
The comment I hear most from those who DO attend is, "Why don't classmates from Marshalltown and surrounding area ever come to the reunions? That's why we come from California, Texas, Maine, Maryland and Colorado - to see you, our classmates and friends." They can't understand why classmates who live, two, 10 and 70 miles from home can't seem to "make it" to a reunion, but they can travel 1,000 miles or more. I can't understand it either.
My point in writing this letter is to let all our former classmates know that we, who do attend the reunions, really do miss those who live so close and don't attend.
Plan NOW to make an effort to attend your next class reunion. It's a great time, and you'll never regret it. Send you reservations right away. If you forget, don't stay home! Come anyway! There's always room for you at YOUR class reunion!