A segment of high school graduates don’t ever return to their high school reunions. Once they leave they want nothing more to do with those days. It’s not one particular reason for the shunning of those memories. Actually it can be dozens of reasons and it is what it is. If those years caused bad memoires then no need for instant replays.
I fall into the larger group who always looks forward to the reconvening of adolescent times with that group of guys and gals who experienced the tunes, teachers, sports, dances and of course raging hormones.
It doesn’t matter that graduation might be a half century removed. We become teens again, listening to the favorite tunes, and retelling (with embellishments) the same old war stories. Most of us actually feel that age again. It’s some kind of magic elixir that reunions provide. Our brains become teen brains and we even look at each other with our teen eyes and memories.
We reunion attendees don’t analyze those magical transformations, we just say so long, go back to our normal fast-aging minds and bodies, and hope to see one another five years hence.
I recently read some great studies with old farts and reliving older teen times. Amazing transformations took place.
A group of men only, aged from late ‘70s to early ‘80s spent seven days sequestered in a refurbished monastery totally transformed into 1959. |
All news, television, pictures and talks were things from 1959.
Every day the professor administering the test study led talks about current news of the day.
Fidel Castro was just entering Havana after his glorious march across Cuba. Panty hose were just invented. The USA had just launched their first satellite, trying to catch the Soviet Union who already was bragging about their successful Sputnik. Baltimore was victorious in the NFL Championship game (eight years before any Super Bowl).
Current best seller books were discussed like, Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger and Leon Uris’ Exodus. Current pop tunes were played like, Ricky Nelson’s “Never Be Anyone Else But You” and Paul Anka’s “Put Your Head On My Shoulder” and Dion and The Belmonts’ “Teenager in Love.”
Movies were watched like Marilyn Monroe in “Some Like It Hot.” TV shows played the hits of Ed Sullivan, Jackie Gleason and Jack Benny.
It was a total seven day immersion in 1959.
Obviously complete physicals and photos were taken before and after the seven days.
A control group of same-aged men were also sequestered for a week in a retreat. These men were told they would be reminiscing about 1959. However they were not in the controlled environment as the first 1959 group.
The second group of men reminiscing about 1959 were studied the same regarding their before and after photos, physicals, etc.
The second group had no changes…period.
The controlled group that were living daily as if it were 1959 showed dramatic improvement in their physical pictures…they looked considerably younger.
Their memory, vision, hearing and physical strength had improved. They all looked, felt and acted younger.
I’m writing a letter to my classmates to vote on the possibility of having our high school reunions every six months.
Might gain a few years back.