|The Flowery One, (it doesn't help to enlarge the low res picture)|
The Flowery One and I had gone to school together back in St. Louis from 7th grade through 12th. During those years we studied, learned about boys, played sports on teams together, dated boys, questioned everything grown-up, made out with boys, pushed boundaries sometimes, and giggled a lot. I was even in The Flowery One's first wedding soon after high school. But in 2000, after almost 40 years apart, we again made contact because another student wanted to do a gathering of our graduating class via the internet.
|Three graces come together (what? we don't look like that?)|
The Brain and I had also spent a year together in college as well as all through high school. I had written back and forth, ("snail mail" it came to be called) with The Brain several times in my life, and always enjoyed hearing about her and her husband, The Tall One, and sharing whatever was going on in our lives, including kids.
|The Brain and The Flowery One enjoying pictures and ??? as teens|
|My teenage friends, wearing the styles of the time, scarves, bangs and curls of hair coming toward the cheeks|
|The Brain, riding her scooter in 2012, having lived with MS for many years|
|The Flowery One several years ago, in NC|
|The Flowery One after treatment for cancer|
|The apartment complex for seniors in WA state, where The Flowery One and The Quiet One moved in 2011|
|The Flowery One and The Silent One, Halloween 2012|
Our email let us see how many similar choices we'd made through the years, and we continued to share these common bonds. We all loved cats and had left the religion which was the sponsor of our high school. We sent support whenever one of us went through a tough time, and we sure did continue to share our love of the silly, and cats, and humor, and Halloween, and laughs, and story telling, and creativity in lots of ways.
I've tried to keep a record of the emails we exchanged, in hopes of writing some kind of memoir of our lives. But working with thousands of emails is very tedious, to say the very least. You can't just turn them into computer savable documents unless you copy them out of the internet server, which I've done with many. Most of them remain in the land of the web.
So if I guess at something, I can go looking for what one of us said back at that time. But for purposes of these blogs, I may often just write from memory. If something important happens though, I'll go cut and paste from the emails again! (Unless I get enough comments saying that it's not a good idea, that is.)
This is my contribution to Sepia Saturday this week. Sorry it hasn't got a thing to do with Alan's picture idea. But this is what I've been wanting to share for some time.