This past weekend we got a real treat – we got to head to Atlanta to see an old friend of mine. I have known her since high school – so a total of about 23 years! She sat behind me in homeroom for the entire four years – so some could say it was fate all along.
The last time we saw each other was for Sheff’s first birthday party – and I hadn’t even met her youngest yet. I won’t lie – I was a little nervous. It had been so long – and while I like to think that I haven’t changed a lot in a few years, I know that not to be the case. Neither one of us are those kids from high school anymore – we have families and jobs and a million other things on our plates that weren’t there when we didn’t have to be responsible human people.
We met them at their place for a cookout and beverages before heading down to the Braves game. When she opened the door, I got the most overwhelming sense of relief – it was my Robin. It also came with a rush of crazy nostalgic emotion that I swallowed down – like calm down, Laura. Don’t be weird, right? Her house was beautiful – and it was so nice to get to see how big her kids had gotten. The one thing that I didn’t know how much I had missed? Robin’s laugh – she’s got a good one folks, and just thinking about it now can make me smile. I didn’t know how much I needed that sound in my life – so much for the not being weird thing, right?
Anyway – they cooked out some burgers and hot dogs, and she made a special cocktail with purple gin called the Royal Hawaiian, and it was so good. She was sweet and gifted us a bottle of the gin and one of the mixers to be able to make our own at home. We got ready and headed down to Truist Park to watch the Braves. It was a hot one – but our seats were great. My favorite player hit a home run, and then he hit a grand slam, so it’s safe to say he knew I was there. We stayed for the whole game, so it was close to midnight before we got checked into our hotel for the night.
It was so nice to catch back up and reminisce on old times. We left with a promise to not let another five years go before we see each other again – am hoping we can get them in our neck of the woods for next time!
Also, shout-out to the husband behind the blog – it’s his 37th birthday today. We’re celebrating with cookie cake and seafood – and he wouldn’t want it any other way.