Remember high school? Do you remember the people in your class?
I’m not old. High school was only 19 years ago, and I’m saying that with a straight face, because I really do think that 19 years is not that long in the scheme of things. I also pride myself on having a a pretty fantastic memory. But seriously. Who the heck are these people Classmates.com keeps thinking I should remember?
I receive two or three emails a day with a subject line that goes something like this: “Remember Xavier McGillicuddy? Share your memories.” Xavier McGillicuddy? No. Actually, I don’t remember Xavier, nor do I have any memories to share about him.
I’m not saying I don’t remember anyone from high school. I remember a few people, and I’ve even friended some of them on Facebook. The thing is that I can’t put a face to most names from my high school class. It says nothing about the person these people are. I’m sure most of those people are pretty okay, and some of them are maybe even super fantastic.
I’m pretty sure that there are also probably a few hundred people out there who are getting emails that say “Remember Zahra Safavian? Share your memories about Zahra with your classmates.” And all of those people are thinking, “Who the heck is Zahra Safavian?”
So when someone I can’t remember sends me and the rest of my former classmates an email letting us know that our 20th high school reunion is nigh, is it any wonder that I think I’ll pass? And also, who the heck is this Debbie woman who’s planning it all? She must not have been on the Math Team. Not that I remember any of my teammates either.
All this is to say to all of you high school students out there that when your parents say “None of this will matter in 20 years.” Trust them. They know what they’re talking about.