What do you get when you wake up in a corridor-full of women and there are no classes? Mayhem, that’s what. I can’t remember if this was taken during a weekend or we all just decided to cut classes for the day. What I do remember is that this was in December and that we just woke up and we had just finished exchanging Christmas presents. Then again, even that memory could be faulty. What can I say, I’m old. The girl I was in this picture could have been my daughter now. Any of these fresh-faced girls could have been.
I always get sentimental about old photos — especially ones like these. Maybe because I never had sisters and these girls were surrogates. It was a fun sisterhood, without the attendant angst and drama real-life sibs so often have. Any time I’d get together with this bunch, it’s always going to be a good time.
A few days after this photo was taken, we all went our separate ways for Christmas break. Afterwards, it was back to studying like mad for finals and before we knew it, the year was over. I think this was one of the last pictures we ever took where almost everyone was there. After this, we all started growing up and forging our own paths.
We still keep in touch, after a fashion (thank God for Facebook!). One owns a bakeshop, three are in the US, one in Canada, one’s a doctor, two are lawyers, one’s a flight attendant based in Hong Kong, one is an editor in Singapore, one works in a bank (last time I talked to her), one works in the US embassy (last time I talked to her). Almost all are wives and moms.
Back when this was taken, where we’d end up now wasn’t even something we’d dream about. What was in our minds then was taking a shower, breakfast and spending a whole day that stretched into forever. Fun times.