Social media has been great for reconnecting with longtime friends, and I recently had an awesome time having dinner with three friends I have known since junior high school. Yes, I said junior high school! Meet (left to right) Naa (Diane) Green, Suzanne Finnamore Luckenbach, and Deanna Alexich.
What a joy to see Suzanne and Deanna, whom I haven’t seen since our graduation day in 1976 at Skyline High School in Oakland, CA, and Naa, whom I reconnected with about eight years ago, after losing touch beyond high school. As friends on Facebook, we all have shared tidbits of our lives; marriages, divorces, children, careers, special causes, etc. But nothing takes the place of getting together in person over a great meal and adult beverages!
We met at Kincaid’s, which is in the Jack London Square area of Oakland, CA. Upon arriving, we hugged and squealed like high school students. After sharing compliments of how awesome we all looked, I turned around and apologized to the diners sitting next to us, saying, “Hope we aren’t being too loud! We haven’t seen each other since high school!” They smiled at us, and replied “Wow, that’s fabulous!”
One of the most poignant moments was when Deanna said she had something for us and presented each of us with a gorgeous white gardenia, which we promptly pinned to our hair. I turned to Naa, and saw tears beginning to well in her eyes. Taking her cue from jazz vocalist Billie Holiday, Naa wore a fresh white gardenia pinned to her hair almost every day, and it became her hallmark from junior high school through high school. This was a great memorable moment, and the gardenia now symbolizes this special group of ladies who have touched each other’s lives in remarkable ways.
Next, I gifted each of the ladies with a custom hand fan. Now any woman over 50 knows the importance of always having a hand fan available; especially in the warm summer months.
One thing became abundantly clear as we were reminiscing and sharing tidbits about our joys, triumphs, challenges and accomplishments… these ladies are true inspirations of boldness, eloquence and sass! I will be profiling each of these incredible ladies, so stay tuned!
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