Recently I received an email informing me that this fall will be my 20th High School Reunion. After I got over the initial shock that I have been out of High School for 20 years (Pleasant Grove High School Class of ’88), I went to the website that had been set up. I added my profile and over the next few days a few good friends from high school contacted me. These are people whom I have not spoken to in at least 15 years.


The strangest thing was that I immediately felt like I was back in High School as the years melted away and we could talk about some of the things we did together back then. It was surreal – It conjured up memories long forgotten. With one guy, we talked about riding our motorcycles on the dirt roads of the rural town where we grew up, always on the look out for the Sheriff as we were only 14 at the time, those were good times. I felt like a kid again. Then I hung up the phone and was back to reality (which is a very good reality, just different)…

I am amazed at how strong those bonds formed years ago are relative to my co-workers with whom I work for a similar period of time today. Yes, I might keep tabs with a few co-workers who leave, but time dulls the relationship. I have been trying to put my finger on the reason for these extra strong bonds made as an adolescent. Is it because we are so impressionable then? Is it the finding of our collective selves together? Is it the memories we build that are much more exciting or interesting?