Eleven (holy crap) years ago, I was living it up during my first semester as a college freshman at a state college. I was having the time of my life. So much so, that I actually cried when I went home for Thanksgiving break. Dude… it was ONLY A WEEK. (Don’t even ask how much I cried when I had to go home for that first summer vacation, ha!) But I loved my life at school so much that I wanted to stay there 24/7/365.
Luckily for me, during the very first month, I had already met the girls who would become my core group of friends–and they remain so to this very day. I don’t remember how we all met, but several of the girls were pairs of freshman roommates. (Oh, and two are twin sisters–they’ve obviously know each other much longer than the rest of us.) Somehow, we all clicked and stuck together through the four years at school, and the seven years that have followed.
Sure, there were times with drama. Lots of drama. (We were girls, after all. Girls who lived together.) In fact, during those four years, we saw two girls exit our group. A new girl was brought into the fold (and remains!). Another faded away after we graduated, since she was the only one who moved far away from home. But seven years after leaving our quaint college town and crossing over into adulthood, our core group of seven is still here. Through I don’t even know how many break-ups. Six engagements. Five weddings. Countless new houses/apartments. One stalker (I wish I was kidding). Three pregnancies. And now, three babies.
We don’t see each other as often as we’d like, because trying to coordinate seven busy schedules? Tough stuff. But when we do, it’s like we’re back sitting on the floor of one of our dorm rooms. Together again. Except now, there are little rug rats who join us–which is still kind of hard for us to grasp when we’re together.
Seriously, we’re old enough to have kids?? :)
Beware of 2012, because… we’re all turning THIRTY. And I’m sure we’ll all celebrate that, too.
How do you keep in touch with your friends from college, despite busy lives? How often do you plan group gatherings? What do you do when you get together? Do you find that things are just like old times, or have things changed dramatically?
AboutI'm Heather. I just turned 30. I'm happily married, and mommy to the most beautiful little girl in the world (what, you're saying I could be biased?). Determined DIYer and homeowner. Sarcastic. A perfectionist. A bleeding-heart liberal. Frugal. Loves a little dog way more than many humans. Loves food, hates exercise (it's an ongoing battle). A loyal football fan. I love to laugh. Value family and friends above all else. Vie to be a world traveler.
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