This may sound so cliché – but it does seem like only yesterday. 18th of July year 1998. We were just a bunch of giggly 3rd year high school students. It was a Saturday. We were working on some materials for a presentation for one of our subjects (I’m pretty sure it was for Speech and Drama. But my memory is not as sharp as it used to be, so I may be wrong.) I only remember we were laughing uncontrollably – like we always do. Then someone brilliant (it was one of us, but I don’t remember who) suggested we should have a group name. Yes, back in those days having a collective name for your circle of friends was pretty cool. We unanimously decided on B’GREEN. No, it wasn’t an acronym of our initials. Green wasn’t our favorite color either. “B” could stand for anything – from Big to Boombastic to Brilliant to Beautiful to Bubbly – each not having a direct relation to one another. I will probably have a hard time convincing you that it was the coolest, most appropriate name we could come up with. Back then, it really made sense – at least for us 🙂
People may find it weird that we actually celebrate the anniversary of our friendship. Like it was some sort of foundation day. We’ve been friends even before we were collectively known as B’Green. When I think about it, I get overwhelmed with so much memories – so many things we have shared with one another. We’ve had our moments, too. We’ve had fights and we’ve ignored each other because we couldn’t agree on some things – just like normal teenage girls. But we still go back to how we were before. We’ve learned a lot of things about each one of us along the way. As the years pass by, it was easier to deal with our differences and we’ve grown fonder of each other more.
This spanned through college. Although we started seeing each other less because of schedule conflicts, we tried as much as we could to keep in touch. We made sure we see each other during the month of July. So we can again celebrate B’Green’s birthday. Some 16 years, motherhood, career shifts and unexpected changes later, we met again last night. To tick another year in our anniversary counter. There used to be 10 of us. Last night, we were only 5. Some are busy, one is missing in action, and one is working abroad. Bittersweet celebration, too, as it was also a going-away dinner for another member, who is moving to Canada for good. 😦
16 years. Who would have thought we’d last this long? I was being my emotional self last night – looking at them. I realized how lucky I am to have found these people whom I don’t see every day, but makes me feel at home every time I do. With technology these days, it will still be possible to celebrate with them even though we’re apart. Together though away from each other.