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18 Years and Counting

September 3rd, 2012

Way back in 1994 I was a college freshman in Cincinnati, OH. That fall, I met five other girls with whom I would form a close friendship. Little did we know that 18 years later we’d still be getting together yearly for a reunion. This past weekend was our 17th one. Throughout the years we’ve reunited in different places, rented cabins, at each other’s houses, until we settled on traveling back to the city where it all began.

One member of our group still lives in Cincinnati, thus we all stay at her place. The rest of us drive in from our respective locations in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Not all of us can make it for each gathering, but there are always at least four of us. We have celebrated weddings, rejoiced at births, comforted after divorce, and cried at a funeral throughout the years.

Even though we don’t talk much throughout the year, when we come together it’s like we were never apart. We laugh as we tell funny stories from the past and much time is spent filling each other in on what’s going on in our lives.

It is a weekend filled it lots of laughter, great food, and good company. This past weekend we went to the Findlay market, walked down the by the river, rented a quad surrey and went for a ride in the park. Of course, all the Cincinnati specialities like Graeter’s and Skyline Chili were checked off the list as well.

It’s really hard to believe that I’ve known these lovely ladies for 18 years, time really does fly. It seems like yesterday when we were eating key lime pie out of the pan in our hotel room of our first get together the summer of 1995 the summer between our freshman and sophomore years.

Do you have any friends that you reunite with on a regular basis?

9 Comments to “18 Years and Counting”
  1. Andrea Duke on September 3, 2012 at 7:18 am

    How awesome! That trip will be a little longer for you from now on.

    I have two friends that I’ve had since school and shortly thereafter and we still get together on occasion, laughing at the past and catching each other up on the current. Always a good time!

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    • Susy on September 4, 2012 at 8:04 am

      Yes a longer drive for sure, or maybe a flight!

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  2. Lynda on September 3, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Yes, my group (Jr-High School Girlfriends) have been getting together for my b’day for 36 years…yep…36 years! My “new” husband forgot my b’day our first year of marriage and I thought “from now on I’m having my own b’day party”…the next year I invited the gals and I’ve done it every year since. We’ve rented houses on the ocean, cabins in the mountains, spa b&b’s and camped (I ended up purchasing a cabin in the Sierra’s). We went from just gathering for an over-night to now spending a week or two together. There were 8 of us…we lost a dear friend a few years back. 3 of us meet all the time, because we live close. Some years we all get together several times a year…but ALWAYS in March for the Big Bad Birthday Bash!

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  3. Maybelline on September 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    One friend shares a birthday week with me. We do something each year instead of gifts. The best was a road trip from Bakersfield, Ca to Montana and back.

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  4. Hannah on September 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    HI Aunty,
    Glad you Are having Fun On Lador Day !! I had to labor Just joking I Did do a little work .. Hope all is well . got to Run — Hannah

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  5. Tammey on September 3, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    I am so glad you took time to have some fun and reconnect with your friends…good for you!

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  6. Beth on September 4, 2012 at 9:59 am

    During my time at ATI in Wooster, I became close with a group of people within my major. When we all made the transfer down to OSU main campus, we became even closer. Rachel, Bruce, Russ, and I had a weekly lunch date. We would all pile in someone’s truck after class and try some place new for lunch each week. It was good for me – I would have just walked back to my apartment and ate alone if it wasn’t for them. We tried to schedule our classes together, studied together, we even shared the purchase of some books to save us all a little money. Russ and I lived on the same street and used to meet at the bar halfway between our apartments to study (seriously, we actually studied!!! lol). WeI graduated from OSU 8 years ago now and we have celebrated weddings and babies and tried to visit when we can. Rachel and Bruce’s families get together most often because they live nearest each other. Rachel and I keep in touch regularly and meet up for lunch whenever I am down her way. I even went down and ran a 5K with Rachel over the weekend. :-) Our last big get together was several years ago now, so we’re definitely due to try to get all 4 of us together again!

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  7. Emily on September 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Sounds wonderful! This past weekend I also enjoyed some long time friends, mine are from Junior High, had a wonderful evening at my house.

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  8. Rocky on September 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Aha! Cincinnati, a flying pig city. I haven’t been back there for ages, but I graduated from HS in Cincinnati. Unfortunately, I have lost all the contact with my old friends. You are lucky to be able to keep long lasting friendship. I envy you.

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