If you are not coming to the reunion, you need a good excuse and a note from your Mom. The following reasons have been tried and are unacceptable.
Excuse #1: I’m overweight.
Rebuttal: You’re not alone. Note XXL t-shirt sizes being offered.
Excuse #2: I’m a different person than I was in high school
Rebuttal: Lucky for you, we ALL are. Let’s face it: we could only have improved.
Excuse #3 I don’t look as good as I’d like. I (choose one or more) am bald, have wrinkles, saddlebags, grey hair and no one will recognize me.
Rebuttal: Guess what! You won’t recognize anyone else, either. Using the reunion committee as a representative sample, our whole class looks like a “before” photo in a plastic surgery ad.
Excuse #4: I’m not successful. I’m not (choose one or more) a lawyer, a doctor or rich.
Rebuttal: You’ll be pleasantly surprised to find how much everyone has matured. We may be plump and wrinkled (see Excuse #3, above) but we’re not stupid. Money is not success.
Excuse #5: I was not in a popular clique in school
Rebuttal: Now that we’re old and smart, those cliques have dissolved just like the superficialities they were based on. The only cliques you’ll notice at the reunion will be the sound of your joints as you walk around.
Okay now, drop the excuses and join the fun.