Call it ignorance, but back when I was in school or college I had never heard of the term Reunion! Sure, we friends discussed about how different our lives would be after some ten odd years or so and how strangely funny it would be to see each other as moms and dads, but that was it.
Cut to present, reunions have suddenly become a vogue. Everyone everywhere talks about arranging a reunion and getting back together with your (sometimes) gone and done with past friends. Whatsapp groups get created instantly to involve and ensure everyone’s participation.
While I appreciate the whole concept, I have certain doubts regarding the sentiments behind it. To begin with, a significant amount of time has supposedly passed between the time you last saw each other and now. Is it right to assume that you still are on the same page and looking forward to it?
Life treats everyone differently and sends them on different ways. Back then it probably didn’t matter but a person’s current standing, both social and professional; influence his attitude as well as that of others towards him. More often than not, this can lead to awkwardness and/or resentment.
I remember meeting up with a bunch of my college friends a while back. Suddenly planned and intimate, it was a small group of eight. Now, that’s the kind of reunion I would love to attend again! Chatting, laughing, confessing, reminiscing, complaining, we did everything; except bragging and showing off (which happens often, sadly).
Is it not always possible for friends to just remain friends without peeping into the other person’s swanky new I-phone through the corner of your eye or mentally calculating his paycheck after picking up something from his casual reference?