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Preparing for the 20th reunion

I am going to my high school reunion this weekend.  I suppose that is why John Hughes has been on my mind lately.  With Facebook, I’m not sure if high school reunions are necessary anymore.  I have seen what everyone looks like and what they are up to so I’m not sure what is left to be said.  Facebook reminds me of high school, anyhow.

I have packed my bags with two outfits, lots of jewelry and while I am thinking about it, I should probably add some underwear.  But let’s be honest, I will probably end up buying a completely new outfit the day of the reunion just to be on the safe side.  (Because right now I can’t decide WHICH Barry Manilow shirt to wear.)

Because you want to look better, be better than you were in high school.  People thought I would be an attorney in San Fransisco about now.  I’m not.  I’ve been trying to think of creative descriptions for what I am doing, so that I can sound amazing while appearing to float on air.  I write ads for the local paper isn’t doing it for me.  I am on my third draft of a work in progress.  I am working on a query letter.

But then you get asked: Are you published?

So I have thought of a few replies:

What do you mean by that?

And what are you up to?

Vomit just slightly

Not exactly going to start a conversation.   I have three kids, married to a dentist.  People will ask me dental questions.   But it can be tricky to embellish right now because of google and facebook.  If anyone has looked me up already, they will see that this is who I am, and if I say I am something I’m not, they can find out through google.  (Because that is what I plan on doing.)

So I have decided to tell everyone I am a Wiccan.  We’ll see what happens.

(I have no idea where high school pictures of me are.  Be very grateful.  Just imagine bright red hair and bad perm and you have a good idea.)


  1. Lori Dyan says:

    You are SO right – Facebook IS high school! Good luck at the reunion and do what I do: tell them you’re a writer, both fiction and non-fiction, you’ve had some things published and you’re in the process of getting an agent. Sounds fancy, non?

    1. Marianne says:

      I used this a lot this night!

  2. Make up a job! In an episode of Sports Night, a short run (but great) sitcom by Aaron Sorkin, a character said his made up job is a “Choreo-Animator.” He makes up dances for cartoon characters. I thought it was brilliant.

    Good luck with that. 😀

    1. Marianne says:

      My high school was serious. They would take me serious. Then I would feel bad. Next week.

  3. Andrea says:

    I think it would be tragic to tell them anything but the truth. The truth is you are happily married living in God’s country, and you get all the smog-free breathing for the entire class of 1983(I may have embellished to tease you a bit). You enjoy writing at your lake house in the summers and are raising 3 beautiful kids. They are exceptionally brilliant…into the sciences and reading, and you expect that your educational background, combined with your husband’s ambition, will motivate them into a brilliant secondary education and eventual career benefiting humanity in an immeasurable way. Though the fast paced city life of a corporate lawyer used to sound appealing, you feel really blessed to be living in the most beautiful place on earth surrounded by amazing wildlife and beautiful blue skies. Also you will be submitting your first fiction manuscript soon and are keeping your fingers crossed that the publishers like it as much as your beta readers did. They won’t know what that means and will be impressed that you talk author lingo.
    Your welcome.

    1. Marianne says:

      $10 is in the mail.

  4. Allison says:

    Oh, Sweetie, what people who knew you at the most awkward phase of your life think doesn’t matter. You are good enough for me as whatever you are. And you may quote me!

    1. Marianne says:

      Thank you. I love you too, now that you are back among the communicating…

  5. i actually added more people to FB after our 20th reunion… then i realized why i had nothing to do with most of these people for this long.

    🙂 good post. Lisa

    1. Marianne says:

      I have a feeling the same will happen with me!

  6. Trish Loye Elliott says:

    I love this post. You are a hilarious woman and a fantastic writer. I hope u told them that. Though vomiting in your mouth slightly would work too! Lol.

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