My college roommate got married this weekend and it brought back a lot of memories from a time that seems very long ago, but actually isn’t .
The hotel we stayed at for the wedding reminded me so much of our college apartment . The primary color decor, the scenic ground level view of the parking lot, the couch that sagged when you sat on it.
There is a simplicity to college living. Ramen for dinner was acceptable, cheese and crackers for lunch not a problem. Late night trips to the diner to eat corn muffins and listen to Delilah were a mist.
Life was easier then and I didn’t even know it. We were too broke to care about labels or fancy things, or who had the bigger house or nicest car. There was no shame in shopping at the thrift shop or being so broke you couldn’t go to the bar till pay day.
We ate pancakes for dinner, even if I burned them. And stole bowling shoes because who wouldn’t want to rock a pair of bowling shoes.
Laughter and a bottle of Arbor Mist were cheap and we made the good times last. We invented our on sorority, the Way Fun Girls. We had theme parties like The Ghetto Fabulous Jam and The White Trash Bash.
We watched our Soaps together every night. Crying when Leo died and singing our silly “Erica Kane’ song when we had a few too many.
We went to Key West for Spring break and felt right at home in the dive bars and with the boys. When I look back I still think that nothing could ever top that trip.
And I tend to think that we were lucky to find each other. Lucky that the three of us fit so well together, so much so that during spring break people asked if we were sisters. Lucky that our lives crossed paths and that together we found our way through those college years.
Remaining girlfriends isn’t easy as you get older. Marriage, kids, jobs, responsibility they all take up so much time. And while we may not always have the time that we used to . We can still share in each others lives, still be apart of those special moments and maybe every once in awhile share a bottle of Arbor Mist and some laughs.