This weekend marks our 20th reunion….an event I am sad to be missing, but will be missing none the less. Since I will not be there to tell you these things in person, here is a very public display of the things I need you to know.
To my high school friends: I have missed you so very much. We had some wonderful times, but a lot of life has happened the last 20 years and we have grown apart. For that, I am sorry. I am sorry I was not there when you had the hard times, and I am sorry we did not share more joys. This opportunity to be friends again is one that I promise to seize and hold with both hands – forever. I love you, I have always loved you, and will always love you.
To my high school enemies: Maybe “enemy” is a bit extreme, but it’s difficult to describe what we were. You did not like me or were mean to me, and I was very likely the same in return. The years have made our feelings foggy in my memory; but I have held a grudge against you for far too long. It would be great to take this moment, and begin to know each other again…..start over and start something new. You have become successful adults, wonderful parents, and inspiring people; even if we are not close, I am proud to say I know you.
To those that I hurt: Simply……I’m sorry. When we are young, we are careless. Whatever I did that was hurtful….my grown up self is sure that pain was not meant, but I take responsibility for it and I want to make it up to you. Let’s take the next 20 years to become nicer, kinder, happier friends. It would be helpful to me to know what I did, and I welcome you telling me…..and if you don’t want to ever speak to me in any way, I understand.
For everyone who ran the PGHS gauntlet……let us all be in more communication and more present in each others lives. You all helped shape me as a person in many ways, and when I think of every one of you I am reminded of how you have helped me strive to be a better person. Let us share our beliefs, likes, dreams, memories, loves, and heartaches. Let us take the time to get lunch, share pictures, and hit the pool with the kids. Let us now say we are friends.
To sum it up…..Stay Cool and Have a Great Summer!