it has been a long, long, long time since all of us were in the same room - even
on this night there was still one missing - and even longer since we've all
been on the same court, but this stellar photo is proof that i was lucky to have
been a part of the best club volleyball team that there ever was.
we practiced at various high schools, got yelled at by and yelled back at our coaches,
yelled at each other, went on road-trips, toilet-papered ex-boyfriends' houses, had
sleep-overs, ate pans and pans of brownies, watched really funny and really stupid
movies again and again, were cheered on by each others' parents, watched our parents
become almost as good of friends as we were, dyed each others' hair, and survived
sharing small, disgusting motel beds (even the nights after we played for hours and refused
to shower before going to sleep because we were gross and just didn't care). we did all of
that and more, but that was way back in high school. what's amazing is that it felt like
we hadn't even skipped a beat when we all got together on this night.
some of us keep in touch, and some of us still even play volleyball together, but a
reunion of this magnitude hasn't happened since ceara's wedding...i think.
veig texted me to let me know sam was in the hospital on bed-rest for the rest of her
pregnancy, and asked if i'd want to go visit her together. of course i said yes. i called
jackie, who called ceara, and veig called petey, and the next thing you know we were
all sitting in sam's hospital room eating cookies. petey had just had her baby 3 weeks
before this, and veigel only had a few weeks to go (she just had her baby, oaklee,
the other day!). it was fun to sit around and talk about the old days and call each other
by our maiden names (that'll never stop, i'm sure), but it was fun to catch each other up
on the new stuff, too. we've all got at least one kid now, which is amazing and crazy and
in no way means that we've "grown up" at all.
i was a lucky, lucky girl to be on that first club rage black team. a lot of my best
memories from high school and my teenage years are with these girls, and they'll be my
best friends forever.