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DEAR ABBY: This is for all those people who don't want to go to their class reunions because they weren't popular - or didn't belong to the "in" crowd in high school and they thought no one would want to talk to them anyway.

I didn't think anyone would talk to me either, but my husband and I decided to go to my 20th high school reunion.  Abby, it was the best move we ever made.  People were actually glad to see us!  (We both graduated from the school, but in different years.)

I hugged more people in two days than I had hugged in 20 years!  I have never felt such a sense of love and belonging as I did at that reunion.  There were no pretenses of where we came from since most of us came from working-class families; we came home to be together.  I even made peace with an old enemy!

For those who organized that reunion in Pittsburgh, thank you from the bottom of my heart.  For those who didn't make the effort to attend - you missed a wonderful weekend. -- YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN


DEAR YOU CAN:  Because you took the trouble to write, perhaps those who were lukewarm about going "home" for a class reunion will reconsider.  Thanks for writing.  Thanks, too, for mentioning those generous people who organize class reunions.  They require a ton of work, and not many are willing to tackle the job.





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