Tallahassee, Florida, that is. Home of Florida State University, my Alma mater. This is the most exciting thing that I have done in a couple of years. And, I have not been away from my boys since a year ago September, so, look out!
I get to spend a glorious weekend with some of my sorority sisters. I haven't seen the majority of them in 20 years. I did get to see one of my very good friends somewhere around 1999, if memory serves. Right, AM?
So, this is just a forward to what I'm sure will be a weekend loaded with fun, laughter, reminiscing, and more fun...LOTS of fun!!! I just wish people would stop telling me to behave myself because I really have no intention of doing so. Would you?
I love reunions. I think it is amazing to be able to reconnect with people you haven't seen in years. How lucky are we that we get to do such a thing? I don't look at reunions as an opportunity to one up anyone else. That just seems silly. You are what you are at the phase of life you are in, good or bad. If you're happy then that's all that should matter. All things considered, I am happy! And, I am especially happy to be meeting up with this fantastic group of women!
So, I'm off to St. Louis shortly to catch my flight to Atlanta where my friend will pick me up. From there we will drive to Tallahassee and the rest is history in the making......
It all came rushing back to me. The sights, the sounds, the atmosphere. College life at FSU. I thought that I had forgotten so much of it. It's true what they say, "use it or lose it". Just being there made me remember so many of the wonderful memories that I had forgotten.
This fountain, in particular, reminds me of how numb the collegiate mind is to rules and regulations. It was very much against the rules to get in, but, all I remember hearing in my 20 year old head was, "I dare you to get in!" 'Nuf said. What I didn't know was that the inside of the fountain was inclined. Upon surfacing I heard the sirens and saw my "sister" running off in the distance. She was kind enough to get my shoes. Somehow I managed to get myself out and elude the authorities. Good times.
After touring the campus my good friend, Ann Marie, and I were off to lunch with four of our sorority sisters. The dear girl was kind enough to warn me seconds before I almost stepped in this:
Yup, vomit. Just a part of college life. Right there in the student union. I apologize to those of you who are weak stomached. I couldn't help myself. I had to take the photo.
I'm telling you, it was as if a day hadn't passed. Everyone looked fabulous! And, I won't say that no one had changed because fortunately we had. We had all stopped getting perms and started using tweezers. But, other than that I'd say we all were all feeling pretty youthful, up until the waiter called one of us "ma'am". And, here we thought we were blending in.
After regrouping and recouping a few of us shared a couple of cocktails while one by one our sorority sisters trickled in just in time for our reunion night out. It is amazing to me that so many years have passed and we still managed to pick up where we left off. The only difference between now and then is that we are older, definitely wiser and we have more insurance. :)
|Some of my pledge class!|
|Jennifer and Ann Marie...|
or is that Ricki Lake?