Last weekend I made a trip back to La Crosse, Wisconsin, where I went to college. The main purpose for my trip was to attend my friend Jessie’s wedding, but I also got to have a long awaited for reunion with my former roommates.
I was fortunate enough to hitch a ride down with a friend from the Cities, getting to catch up with her and talk girl talk for the three-hour car ride. One of the other girls met us in La Crosse Friday night, along with one other who lives in there. The remaining three arrived early Saturday morning to fill out the group and begin our reunion weekend festivities.
It was such a blast getting to see everyone again! We all camped out at the apartment two of the girls have in La Crosse, taking advantage of the ample space for all of us to spread out on couches and air mattresses. The apartment served as home base for all of our activities over the weekend.
We wasted no time in catching up on each others’ lives, filling in details of the last year, as our lives have taken us different directions since graduation. Two of the girls are in graduate school in La Crosse, one is in graduate school in Madison, one has been living and working in Colorado, one has been counseling at a camp in Idaho, and the other has been living and working in Puerto Rico. We came from far and wide to celebrate the wedding of our former roommate and to have an excuse to come together again back to La Crosse, where we all became friends so long ago.
It was so refreshing to actually spend time with the girls face-to-face instead of over the phone or social media. We grocery shopped together on Friday, made breakfast and lunch together on Saturday, got ready for the wedding together, and had a slumber party in the living room of the apartment, and had breakfast together again on Sunday before people had to return to their far-spread homes. We wanted to take full advantage of the little time we had together.
We know that as time goes on, it will be more and more difficult for us to gather together. But we also know that we can make it happen if we are dedicated to setting aside time to spend with one another. We value our friendships and cherish what little time we have with each other, and we are committed to filling in the gaps with other forms of communication to keep our friendships strong.
If nothing else, this weekend reminded me of the value of deep friendship, along with the necessity of working to make time for my closest friends, no matter what other things might vie for my time. I once again saw just how special these women are, and I am truly grateful for their friendship.