When I’d got over my initial shock, I realized that this meant that if I wanted to go, I would have to travel more than half way across the world, to Australia. That would require some serious thinking.
But in the meantime, some of these former classmates are putting together a Facebook page containing memories from our school days together. Besides class photos of serious, straight-backed, uniformed boys and girls, and group photos of the teachers, too, someone added a couple of yearbooks reminding us of prizes we’d won, sporting events some of us (not me!) had participated in, news about exchange student visits, and even some creative writing by the more “artistic” pupils. What shocked me most, however, was that I couldn’t put a name to most of the faces in the old photos. Only when the occasional updated Facebook photo had a name to it could I say, Ah, yes, so-and-so hasn’t changed that much. But in the case of most of those new photos, I couldn’t identify the boy or girl behind the image.
It’s true that I lost contact with almost everyone from my school days, even though I attended university in Australia (albeit, initially, out of state); maybe if I hadn’t left Australia I might have encountered a few of them throughout the years. It saddens me somewhat that one can casually leave friends that with a little effort could have been retained – in those days one would have communicated by letter, of course. But, on the other hand, one grows apart, interests change, and if you ever meet again you might find that you have nothing in common (believe me, I know!). However, young people today are in a much better position to maintain contact throughout the years due to the blessings of social media. I can see that in the case of my own children, whose networks of friends continue to grow and include many of their old school friends. With increased globalization and advances in technology, I can see my kids, no matter where they are in 30-40 years, still in close touch with many of their friends from their school days. But their class reunions won't be nearly as interesting as ours!