Several blogs ago, I talked about my high school friends and our annual Christmas or Post-Christmas get togethers (see Sunsets and Friendships). Last Saturday was the latest one. No, we didn’t watch the sunset together — nor did we wait for the sunrise…
This time, we bonded over lunch. And like what one of my friends said, “We do lunches now… Does that mean we are getting old?!” Maybe they are. Hahaha.
So there we were, four ladies and a gentleman. Now that sounded old. Let me say that again…
So there we were, four girls and a guy, chatting our hearts away over sushi. When you have four girls and a lone guy in a group, guess who will monopolize the conversation? The lone guy, of course! We were hanging on to his every word.
Nah, I was kidding. We all took turns in talking and listening. 😉 I wasn’t kidding about the ‘We were hanging on to his every word’ part, though. Because we were. You see, we don’t get to see lone guy that often since he doesn’t reside in the same area as the rest of us.
Clearly one of the most brilliant minds from our high school batch — heck, I think it is safe to say that he may very well be one of the most brilliant Filipino males from our age group in the whole country, of course we will hang on to his every word (with hopes of having some of his intelligence rubbed off…)! I am sure all four of us were mighty proud of his achievements (Which are truly out of this world… literally… believe me!).
But then despite being Mr. Biggie in his field, he still is the same guy we grew up with… Mild-mannered, unassuming, not a single, tiny trace of arrogance. All the more reason for us to be proud.
Or maybe he is really just smart enough not to cross his female friends who know and can use his high school secrets against him! Haha. Now that was shallow.
It was one interesting lunch that we had. Too bad I am not allowed to share the juicy details. 🙂
Time and again I say that when you are with old friends, you can talk about anything and everything. Somehow you have a treasure trove of memories that seems bottomless.
As we took turns filling each other in about what has been happening in our own worlds, I thought to myself, Wow, we all sound mature. Life’s experiences and the passage of time have somewhat made us calmer, more grounded and less petty.
And then the conversation shifts to high school memories (and certain personalities)… Did I say earlier that we sounded mature? Hmm. I take that back.
So we reminisced, exchanged notes, laughed and gossiped away. I believe our collective memories showed that our high school life was indeed good and fun. A major factor that made it so was because we had each other.
It is nice to remember the person you once were before you became the person you are now.
When I am with my friends, I get reminded of my 15 yr. old self — the perfectionist, vain yet nerdy drama queen.
Old friends help remind you of how you used to be. Maybe you were more brave, bold and fearless. You remember qualities the young you possessed that time had somehow tempered. You remember who you were then, giving you the chance to bring those forgotten qualities back.
And as you continue to share life experiences, you also realize how much you have grown through the years… You get to appreciate how far you all have come.
Okay, now my musings are making me sound really old!
Bottomline is, in the company of your lifelong friends, you are the sum total of YOU, both past and present. There is simply no denying that.
Plus, they also hold a treasure trove of your secrets… there’s no escaping that, either! 🙂
From a treasure trove of memories… all blackmail material… because we know each other well! 🙂
Here’s to more lunches with all of you!
Our anthem from the 90’s… How very apt!
Credits: Photos are from my O+ phone… Music Video of Friends theme song “I’ll Be There for You” via Youtube ❤
Gorgeous’ Friends (in no particular order because I don’t play favorites): Jeg, Sandee, Liesl, Kokoy, Patrick, Joel, Manny ♥