There are lots of things we could talk about with this one. We love a short, punchy story, and this one allows us to come up with some fun ideas. Did this person go to high school in a Stephen King book? Did this person get a barrel of pig’s blood dumped on her, and that was all it took to push her over the edge?
Or was it more like “Oh no, I knocked that candle over while reaching for the little smokies, and now the curtains are catching on fire?” If somebody intentionally went to a high school reunion to set it on fire, we don’t know what to think about that. Other than that…don’t.
Yeah, I Have This Strange Family…
Most people these days love “Arrested Development,” but not everybody has watched it or remembers every single detail about it. There are a couple of new seasons on Netflix now, and maybe they just don’t watch that much TV anymore. So a guy wanders into his wife’s reunion and starts acting like that weird character that Michael Cera played...no, the other one. No, the OTHER one. That one.
We honestly don’t think it is all that awkward. This guy was just having a little bit of fun at some other’s expense. But it was all good fun – it’s not like he was getting drunk or something like that.
The Result of Poor Planning
Party planning seems like the kind of job that anybody could do, but it’s a little more complicated than just finding a venue and hiring a caterer. You have to take the people into account, and that means providing the right kind of lights and entertainment for people who might not be able to see or hear very well.
“Eye of the Tiger” is a great song for hitting the running track or the gym, but it’s maybe not the best pick for a high school reunion full of people who were old, as the story tells us. And why were the lanyards all so low? Most lanyards just hang to the middle of the torso, but maybe they got a deal on some really long ones in order to save money.
Did You Really Need to Say That?
Why would you...why would you intentionally try to cause that kind of drama during an event that is always so often a powder keg of emotions? This woman dragged her husband over and pointed out the connection. Was she trying to shame her husband for firing somebody? Maybe the mom’s brother should have been better at his job, in that case.
Maybe he’s the one that should be ashamed, not the guy who’s just trying to keep his business running. We can’t blame the mom for deciding to avoid them for the rest of the night if that’s how petty the woman is going to be. Does she do that all the time, or only at high school reunions?
They Don’t Always Work Out
High school is such an odd time for so many people – friend groups are formed that can last for a lifetime or the connections can start to sunder as soon as they throw their graduation caps into the air. There’s also the odd fact that for some reason the “popular people,” for a given value of popular, are in charge of setting the events up.
Maybe it’s because other people think they should do it, or maybe it’s because THEY think they should do it. The “popular people” in high school aren’t always the bullies you see in movies, but it looks like that can still happen. If you were the bully, though, you probably shouldn’t be the one to invite people.