This Saturday a few of the gals from my Freshman year at UMASS decided to plan a get together.
And get together we did!
This is Heather. She got married last year to a totally awesome guy. Heather was my roommate for 2 years until I became a Resident Assistant and couldn’t have a roommate anymore. We still call each other “roomie” 8 years later which is confusing to people since I’m married. But this girl will be my “roomie” for the rest of my life. I miss her so.
Funny story- as you probably know, I’m from Massachusetts. And when I decided to go to UMASS (otherwise known as the University of Massachusetts Amherst; keyword = Massachusetts), I assumed that my roommate would be from Massachusetts. But instead, due to overpopulation, I ended up in a lounge with 3 roommates. All from New Jersey.
And this is Elissa. Elissa is actually from Heather’s hometown and ended up living a couple of floors above us our Freshman year. When I moved in with Heather, I automatically moved in with Elissa. She spent just as much time in our room, if not more, as we did. Elissa has always looked out for all of us at the Zoo. Sometimes I feel like she’s still looking out for me.
And this is Colleen. You know that really fun gal on your floor that is not just entertaining, but completely herself and you end up wondering how someone can be so comfortable just being herself and yet be so cool? That’s what I think about Colleen.
All these gals are exactly as I remember them. We’ve all grown up (Heath is married and owns a townhouse; Elissa just bought her first house; Colleen is getting married in 2 months; I am married and have a baby), and yet seeing them again brought us all right back to where we were. I don’t mean the frat-row hopping or anything. I mean that we didn’t feel awkward or have any weird lulls in our conversations. We chatter about where we were, our jobs, our significant others, our pets. And then we jumped right in to reminiscing.
I won’t get in to too many details because…well…they call it the Zoo for a reason. But I’ll tell ya this – we were some fun-lovin’ gals. And there are many days when I miss that feeling of being irresponsible. Then I look at my baby girl and wonder what I ever loved about life before she was born.
Do you have friends from school that you still keep in touch with? Do you have any fun stories that you want to share?
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