Has anybody heard of a book or program like this? Because I need one. Stat. My (gulp) thirty-year high school reunion is coming up. I know it shouldn't be about impressing other people; it should be about getting back in touch with old friends, finding out what they're up to and reliving fond memories. I know! And doesn't that explain why everyone pulls up in a rented Mercedes Benz?
It’s true I shouldn't compete and overall, I do feel like I've been
mostly successful. But it's during occasions like these I find myself
getting defensive, realizing that even though I'm half-way through my
life, by my own definition, I'm not where I'd wanted to be.
Inevitably I'll have to explain to someone why I'm still a co-pilot
and that yes, I do land the plane and no they can't just land
themselves. I'll have to explain why my second novel hasn't been
published yet and accept the condolences that my first one wasn't on the
New York Times bestseller list. And I will listen patiently while
someone tells me how my airline lost their luggage back in 1989.
And while I can brag about my successful 22-year marriage and my
three beautiful children and my nice house in the city, in my mind it
would feel oh so much better if I could say I'm a wide-body captain (and
not a wide-bodied captain) with several best-selling novels under her belt, a belt that's wrapped around a waist that's ten-pounds thinner.
At the ten-year reunion, no one had changed much. The assholes were
still assholes and the cool crowd was still too cool to talk to me. By
the 20-year, everyone had seemed to get-over themselves and it was
really fun. I'm hoping this go round, everyone will be even more over
themselves and like me, will just want to reconnect with old friends,
find out what they're up to and relive old times. Because I'm not going
to rent a Mercedes Benz and I'm not going to be able to lost ten-pounds
by next Saturday. But I may just elect to suck my stomach in, and not
exhale for three- hours.
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