I skipped my 10-year high school reunion. I did not have a good time in high school, and I have very few friends from those years. Too many people I just did not want to see again, and going alone into a potentially hostile environment seemed like a really bad idea especially with my anxiety when it comes to being alone in crowded spaces (sadly, I passed on the one chance I had to have a friend come along with me, mistakenly thinking she was just suggesting it to be nice and didn’t really mean it — turns out she kinda had a crush on me at the time and I’m just totally oblivious to such things and didn’t find out until a year later after it had faded.)
My 20-year reunion is coming up next year. I don’t know yet if I’ll make an attempt to go to that one yet, but the thought of going as Vanessa never crossed my mind.
Just the idea of going to a high school reunion to begin with is scary enough already. But going dressed-up and serving people I hated — but who have thankfully been absent from my life for decades at this point — a shiny new thing to harass me about on a silver platter? No thanks!
Only way I can imagine this being any fun is if Vanessa “crashes” the reunion. Just shows up, nobody knows who the heck this girl is or where she came from or how she got there (who is she? did someone bring her as a guest? does anyone know her??), and before anyone even comes close to guessing the truth she disappears mysteriously. The idea of confusing the hell out of my high school classmates and having them talking about Vanessa (without ever knowing that yes, they did in fact go to school with her! sort of) for years to come aaaalmost has me considering it as a possibility… but I imagine I’d have a crippling anxiety attack if I even made an attempt at actually doing it, and whether it would be even halfway possible really depends on when and where they decide to have the reunion (outdoors during daylight hours? nope nope nope. indoors after dark? maybe…) and whether people can just show up and walk right in unopposed or if they have to give their name/ID or say they came with someone to get in. Having skipped the 10-year, I don’t know anything about how that might work.