Reunions are important for small communities

Reunited and it feels so good.

That line, from the hit song by R&B band Peaches & Herb, was running through my head as I put together two separate series of photo pages for the Central Whyalla Cricket Club and Scott Street Primary School.

Reunions are important because they remind us of a time long past in our lives, and lets us relive them for a night or a day.

You get to reconnect with people which, at one point of your life, you may have seen every day or every week.

While at the ripe age of 22 I have not yet attended a reunion and will likely will not for several years, I am looking forward to the chance to catch up with those I attended school with at some point in the future.

Reunions, particularly school reunions, likely give you perspective on what direction people have led their lives since you last parted ways with them.

It’s possible you may make new connections with those who you previously did not instantly gel with, and new friendships can blossom.

There’s also the interesting interaction between former students and their former teachers, now both adults many years later.

I admit that while I have not attended a proper reunion yet, having moved from Port Pirie to Adelaide and now to Whyalla, it does feel similar when I catch up with old friends from college or my hometown.

It’s especially similar to a reunion when I get the chance to meet up with some friends from college, having spent at least every two or three days with them for three years.

Props must go to Anne Cunningham as well as the Whyalla Cricket Club for organising what both looked like very fun and enjoyable reunions on the weekend.

Whether it be 50 or 75 years since you’ve been involved with a club or school, you’ll probably find there’s always time for a few quiet beers with an old friend.

LOUIS MAYFIELD

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