I am planning a trip down to visit my BFF in Utah. The original idea had been to go in the two weeks between work and school. (I am taking two weeks off so I can relax and get ready for school. Go home, do my dentist and doctor visits, etc.) Things just were not working for that break, so my BFF suggested I come down the weekend of General Conference. Instantly I thought that was the perfect idea. I would get to see her and her new husband, go to conference with them, and then I remember that is the weekend that the mission usually has the reunion.
I have never wanted to attend the mission reunion for two reasons. I know the one question that everyone ALWAYS asks is, "So you have a girlfriend?" It is also the place to show off the new brides. The other reason I did not want to go was because there are only a few elders who I feel like I would want to see again. One of them I will for sure see when I go down, but that is because we will make plans to see each other outside of the reunion. Its not that I dislike the others. In fact there are only a couple missionaries that I wish I never had contact with again. The thing that I hate is the awkward conversation that goes as follows:
"Not much how are you doing?"
"Good, how are you? Going to school, dating any special girl?"
"Yeah I'm in school and love it, and no, no GF. What about you?"
"Yeah school too and I'm engaged!"
"Well good talking to you."
"Yeah you too."
Repeat this conversation 15 times with everyone else who can remember your name.
(I may sound bitter, but this is not my intent).
I just dislike the awkward conversations. Any time, any where, I try to avoid them.
I would however like to visit with my Mission President, and his wife. Since I came out to them, I would be interested in what the conversation would entail, and also I genuinely like the them.
So I am deciding whether or not I want to go.
Do any of you have awkward or good stories about your mission reunions?