Tonight and tomorrow as well, I am having a Moms' Night Out (although I don't foresee Jimmy and my children, nor my friends and I doing any of the following: a. ending up in jail, b. visiting the ER, c. going to a super nice restaurant, or d. bowling.) Ha! Ha! Ha! (have you seen the movie, Moms' Night Out?)
Anyway, one of my college roommates, Lori, is picking me up this afternoon, and we are headed to Starkville. We are meeting another friend, Julie, there, and then we will joined in the morning by Jean Ann. Many of my other dear college friends were invited to this event, but as it is with husbands and children, they all have various and sundry commitments, and so it is just the four of us.
Blast from the past--Lori and I in college!
(When I showed these pictures to Sam this morning, he said, "Are y'all wearing wigs?"
No, son. It's just the early 1990's hairstyles!
We really don't have any specific plans for the evening except eating (probably at an old college favorite, Oby's) and then talking and laughing, catching up and reminiscing, and I am sure also shedding a few tears.
Tomorrow morning we will participate in the 8th annual Kim C. Gee 5K Run For Awareness.
This race is memory of our dear friend (and one of my college roommates too), Kim, who lost her battle with ovarian cancer back in October of 2006.
Here is a picture of Kim and me (in our wig hair!) back in the day. I think we had the same hair at this point in our lives…..permed, teased, etc. We were also the same exact size, and we shared lots of clothes. We were roommates in Hathorn Hall, our sophomore year, and we lived on the Phi Mu Floor. Fun times!
The next year, my junior year, Lori and I roomed together, and Kim and our friend Stephanie lived across the hall. More fun times. We were among the very first girls to live in our brand new Phi Mu house, along with Geri, Caren, Sharon D., Kim N., Jean Ann, Sharon B., Julie, and others.
Later, after we graduated, we (about 12 of us) were all in each other's weddings, and for a while we got together for bridal showers, baby showers, and just to visit for fun about once a year or so for several years. And when Kim got sick, we got together too. And then we all gathered for Kim's funeral……
Now, at least some of our original group make it to Kim's 5K Run each year.
It will be good to see Kim's mother and the rest of her family.
And it will be so good to laugh and cry and just be with dear old friends!