Thursday, September 09, 2010

It seems just a couple of years ago that I was at school......

Today I had fun!
My stick and I went on an adventure. After 39 years, I met up with 2 of my school friends for lunch, and let me tell you, the chatter did not stop for a second. We had not seen each other since we left school all those years ago, aged 17 or 18. You would have thought we had met every week in those intervening years. So much to talk about. Life stories to listen to, and tell. Seven sons, one daughter, all grannies with 3 grandsons and 2 granddaughters between us.

Not too bad for 50mumble ladies, now, are we????? Mind you, I appear to be the only one with a certain degree of expansion to deal with. Sigh. Too bad.

I can't tell you how excited I was when I was sitting in Costa waiting for them to arrive. Our meeting place. Eyes darting everywhere, on the look out for familiar (from Facebook) faces. Yes, it was Facebook which got us all to be in the same place at the same time. And we are all so thankful it did. I gave up sitting up straight to create the impression of a streamlined me after 10 seconds. I sank into the puffy couch, and for a moment, looked to the ceiling to see if they had a winch attached to it. I had serious doubts as to whether I would ever emerge from the depths. You know how you end up with your knees higher than your chin? Right. An elegant look. With one's rear end 2 inches off the floor. Anyway, I relaxed, and it was just great.

We recognised each other immediately and there was much laughter and many hugs, and then we went to the place my friend (who works close by) had chosen for lunch, right at the river's edge. Beautiful. The sun was shining. I say this, because have another look at that top photo. Next to the river. That cloud?? Hahahaha. We had just finished lunch, and had taken loads of photos when the heavens opened, and you have NO IDEA how much rain fell. Sideways. On us. We grabbed our things, along with every other person out on the deck and got back under cover as fast as we could. Just as well the photos were taken earlier. I don't do running.

Coffee, more chatter, and then a reluctant parting of ways. D is off back to her home Down Under tomorrow, and N and I returned to our normal lives. But I have so much whirling about in my mind, you know. Just think - 3 women, 3 stories, shared history. How will our lives intertwine from here? Will they? How?

39 years. Amazing. One thing we all decided was that our school did not create wimps. We are all survivors. Strong women. It also taught us to value friendships, and we are very grateful for that.

I am still grinning.

8 comments:

Fran said...

That sounds like such a fabulous day. I would love to do that. I've lost touch with every one of my school pals. Mind you, I think I was an annoying little brat, so no wonder.

Dawn said...

Such fun it is - I have 2 high school friends that I get to see fairly often, and it is a joy.

Didn't it rain on you and Becky too??

Needled Mom said...

How fun!!!! It looks like everyone enjoyed the visit too.

Linda said...

It sounds like great fun Linds. I think it wonderful the way we can pick up precious friendships as though we had parted only a day or so ago.

Vee said...

Oh you are all brave so brave! I would avoid such a meeting like the plague and look what I would've missed! You do, indeed, all look lovely! And happy! Very...

Jane said...

What a great day. I'm still in touch with school friends, but we're so scattered we never get to meet - must try again. My friend from College is very near now and we've picked up after 40 years as if we'd seen each othe every day since.
You all look wonderful - and ahvaing so much fun!

Isabelle said...

Yes, it's amazing how the years don't matter with old friends.

All grannies! and all younger than I am. Sigh.

Midlife Mom said...

Oh what fun to et together after all those years! I bet there wasn't a silent second the whole time! Sorry you got hit with the rain though, that kind of put a damper on things for a bit! Hopefully you had already eaten your meal.

I think you should send the letter to the Prime Minister. It sure can't hurt and if by chance it gets through the network of people and to him he sure would have a lot to think about!!!! Good luck!!!