I am back, after a busy weekend that included not only my last local reading for awhile, but also my twentieth high school reunion. Whew! The reading, at the North Regional Library in Durham, was great. Everyone was so nice, and I got probably the best introduction ever from Skip Auld, who performed, a capella, “The Potato Song” from This Lullaby. It was AWESOME. Thanks to him, and Angie, and Autumn, and everyone else there for making me feel so welcome. It was a great way to wrap up my Lock and Key stuff, at least for the time being. I tell you, all this promotion stuff was really fun, but MAN am I sick of myself right now. I am sure everyone else feels the same way.
Then, a few hours later, it was onto nostalgia, and my reunion. I attended with my friend Lars, who was also my date for the senior prom back in 1988. I think this confused a few people, who thought we were still together. Still, it was wild to see so many people after so many years. I ended up doing a lot of Mom Talk (par for the course these days, I suppose) and fighting this total sense of insecurity that hit the minute I pulled into the parking lot. Yeah, that’s right, I’ll fess up: I was nervous. Like, REALLY nervous. It’s like I got within twenty feet of the door and regressed twenty years. How crazy is that? Lars and I sat in the car for a few minutes, freaking out together. Which, we realized, was a lot of what we did in high school, as well. But then we finally bucked up and got out and went in, and it was all good.
I don’t know, I think I have a different connection to high school than most anyway. I mean, I do spend part of my professional life thinking about it, just about every day. It’s a job requirement. So I guess it makes sense that those years carry a heavy weight for me. I’m still working things out, on the page. Maybe I always will be? Yikes.
I REALLY wanted to post my prom picture with Lars here, along with a shot from Saturday night but 1) I can’t find my prom picture anywhere and 2) I think I might regret it, as I had both a big hair and a big dress, and do I really want that on the internet? Probably not. Some things are best left in the past, I think. Yeah. Definitely.