Showing posts with label reunions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label reunions. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ghosts Of High School Past

I just got home from a dinner date with high school classmates, one of whom is visiting from abroad.  Although there were just the three of us, we had a lot of fun reminiscing about our younger days and sharing stories about our lives now.  It dawned on me as I was driving home that although we have long been living separate lives, there will always be ties that bind us together, just as some of these also bring up ghosts of our past.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

high school memories and reunions

I went to an all-girls high school although I did have boys as classmates in elementary and intermediate grades. But I don't remember much about those days...I think I spent high school in a blur, maybe because I did not become part of any group or clique so that I wasn't able to create a lot of memories. Looking back, my high school life was pretty much about growing up from childhood to teenager. I entered high school at age 11 and graduated at 15...still a child, really. I wasn't even allowed to party with boys yet! My main preoccupation then was reading...I literally finished most if not all of the books in our school library. I was seen as a quiet girl by the other year levels because they saw me as always reading. Of course, my own classmates did not think so because I was quite talkative and opinionated since I had all these general knowledge in my head. They considered me to be very childish compared to them who were a year or two older than me (translation: they had more experience in the social milieu, thus more sophisticated)...but it did not really bother me... I wasn't interested in those kind of things anyway...yet.

Fast forward to present time...ever since our silver jubilee, we have been meeting regularly especially when classmates abroad come home for a visit. There are only a few of us left in the country but we all keep in touch. I said before that reunions were not a big thing for me and it still isn't. However, because of these reunions I have now become friends with classmates I would never have wasted time on in high school...we all have become adults that we can be proud of.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

family reunion, losing my voice and a car airconditioner that does not cool

Family reunions were never a big deal for me since I really could just barely stand spending time and talking with some of my closest blood relatives (mostly on my dad's side)...don't get me wrong, I care about all of them and in fact, a few are my best friends but there is a bunch that I really have nothing in common with and have a totally different value system so that being around them makes reunions a path to sanctification for me ;) But with the death of the two in-laws (all on my mother's side), family get-togethers were the norm for the past two weeks and I found myself going from one relative to another for lunch or dinner. I have not seen some of these relatives for a long time, others arrived from Canada or the U.S. so that even though I was not one to initiate a reunion, it is during occasions like these that I am more conscious of the importance of family ties especially for those of us who are now in our mid-life. Most families lose touch with their cousins as they grow older and eventually as the family grow bigger and settle to live in different places, we no longer know who the next generation are and the possibility of marriage between future generations of relatives is very real. A case in mum was born in Cebu City and raised in Manila by parents whose roots are in Negros Occidental, Kalibo and Guimaras while my dad was born in Manila, raised in Silay City, Negros Occidental by parents whose roots were from Iloilo and Silay. They met in Manila and came home to Silay where they settled. Now you would not think they were related, would you? Well, they are, although several times removed, still, they come from the same ancestor. I only knew about this when I got involved with the making of the Lopez (of the Graciano Lopez Jaena clan) genealogy...that my mum whose mother is a Guingona is actually a grand-niece of my dad because his grand-aunt from the Lopez side married a Jamora who married a there. Of course all these activities plus work = a bacterial infection and so I am suffering from Acute Bronchitis right now and have been absent from work because I lost my voice last Friday....but that did not stop me from joining relatives at home for the final family reunion before my aunt leaves for New York. I am still coughing badly but at least I got my voice back and over-all my day was great except for the fact that the car airconditioning unit also conked out. Yesterday was my Dad's birthday, he would have been 75 so I guess as a way of helping me out, I was able to have the airconditioning fixed by late all's well that ends well! And it's a holiday tomorrow :)

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