I recently spent a long weekend in Lake Oconee, GA, with four girlfriends that I met at college waaaay back in the day. We've all stayed in touch, to varying degrees, since graduating 15+ years ago, and over the course of 5 months and about 5 million emails we planned a get-away together. Two of us flew in from Minnesota, one from Utah, another from Bermuda, and the final drove over from her home in Athens. We actually used her as the catalyst for getting together - she's having a baby and a few of her local friends threw a shower that we all attended. It was great.
We did all the things you're supposed to on a trip like this: laughed and ate Twizzlers and drank wine; reminisced about all the silly things we did together in college and caught up on what's happened since we've grown up. One of the girls said, at the end of the trip, that it was interesting to see how we all turned out. Isn't that the truth? I also thought it interesting to see that each of us has retained quite a bit of our college-selves, too.
I know that you're supposed to buy souvenirs for anyone you left at home (and I did...Dan received a nice bottle of Southern Rye Whisky). But I like to buy souvenirs for myself, to help remind me of a great trip. I found this beautiful necklace in an antique shop along the main street in Madison, GA. We had lunch there, then strolled around and shopped for a bit. Based on the price tag, this necklace is not a proper antique (or at least not a valuable antique). But I love it and will think of my friends and the fun we had every time I put the necklace on.
Do you have a group of girlfriends that you stay in touch with? How do stay connected with them?