I got a text from a school friend the other day and he told me that we have a 30-year reunion taking place in October this year. At first I thought he'd made a mistake and it must be the 20-year reunion but, without the aid of a calculator, I realised I was that old!
I left Watsons in Edinburgh in 1979 to go to Napier College (later Napier University) to study Biology. I had my first personal passport shortly afterwards and here's the photo from it – it really makes me laugh (I'm 18)!
The question is, should I go to the reunion? It will be in Edinburgh and although I have other reasons to go back (my mum has recently moved there to a new flat and is keen to show it off), it’s a long way to go to be with people I should remember but know I will not!
I've hardly seen anyone from school since I stopped playing rugby for the former pupil's club in 1982. I'm interested to see how people have changed and perhaps to catch up with a few old friends but would hate to go all that way just to leave early!
Has anyone been to a reunion like this? What’s it like? I would love to hear about your experiences before I make my mind up. What’s it like bumping into old girlfriends/boyfriends? When we last saw each other we would have been about 17 or 18, and now we're all getting close to 50!
It makes me realise that I'm not a young man anymore but have firmly entered the era of middle age. The next thing you know I'll be getting a garden shed!