Down front: Lindsey, Tina, Kristina, Sarah, and Maria
On Top: Riki, Tammy(our fearless leader and the wife of our youth pastor), and Me
We were all so sure of ourselves and full of more energy than my six year old son, I swear. Having those friends during my first year at a high school with more than 3000 students made it far less scary than it could have been. We all hung out together and we all looked out for each other.
The summer before I moved to Washington state we went to Florida and that is where this photo was taken. That trip was one of the greatest I have ever had. I remember, being as it was with church, we were not allowed to wear our bikinis and told to go back and put on t-shirts over them. In a sassy pseudo rebellious fit we all went back into our rooms and put on t-shirts UNDER our bikini tops. Wow. We showed them!
Now, we are dispersed amongst four states. I still talk to Sarah and Kristina all the time, being as we are related. But the rest had fallen nearly completely out of my life until last week. Amazingly we are now all friends on the wondrous world of MySpace. Maria was the last one to be found, and sure enough, she lives right down my street. I am convinced now that MySpace is good for something.
I should note, Tammy is not on Myspace, I really doubt she has one or will get one. Also, her amazing husband lost his fight with cancer a few years back. I remember getting an email from Tina out of the blue mentioning that he was sick. She gave me the link to a blog where so many people that he had been a mentor to had posted kind and loving words to he and his family. And although I had not seen him in many years, I cried my way through the posts, recognizing so many of those who had decided to share words about how he and his family had been an amazing influence in their lives.
Anyhow, I think I should post current pics (in the same order) of all of us and I am without permission stealing them all. If you want me to take them down, girls, then we are going to have to have some sort of a reunion and retake a photo together.
And by the way, the calender still hangs on my office wall: