So last night was my 10 year high school reunion. I’d watched Romy and Micheles High School Reunion way too many times to have any sort of realistic expectations of the night. All I knew was that I was about to walk into a room full of people who were from another life, a life where I was pretending to be straight and I had no idea what to expect.
I walked in and the first person I saw was her, the ex best friend who cut me out of her life 5 years ago because her boyfriend didn’t like me. I was in a whole world of awkward and I knew I wasn’t going to last long in this place, especially not sober! So I charged through to the bar and started with a double bourbon and coke.
While at the bar I scoped out the room. There wasn’t many people there yet but I did notice that barely anyone had partners with them. This made me a lot more relaxed. One of my biggest fears for the night was that everyone would be married and I’d be shunned to the single corner. As more and more people showed up I realized almost no one brought their partners. It was shaping up to be a good night after all.
There where a few moments where I did have to answer awkward questions like “where’s your girlfriend?” but overall most people already knew through Facebook and the response was overwhelmingly positive. I even had a couple of people bring up my blog. Big shout out to Dane and Rebecca, you guys made my night!
I’d always wondered what it would have been like if I came out in high school. It’s awesome to now know that if I had been ready to take that step back then, I would have had some good, accepting people around me.