Thursday, June 14, 2007


Writing about my soccer reunion is proving to be difficult.

I don’t have the vocabulary to convey how my teammates, Coach and my high school soccer program molded me. I cannot craft that ideal anecdote – a clever snippet – that would encapsulate what those four years on that team did to make me – cynical, loyal, shy, foul-mouthed, sensitive, driven – me.

I wanted to hate the soccer reunion. I expected to feel nervous, for conversations to feel forced, to fake both smiles and my interest.

It wasn’t like that.

It wasn’t like that at all.

Five girls from my class attended the reunion. The Class of 2000 fell gently and effortlessly back into our camaraderie. Nobody has changed.

I loved it.

I loved that, seven years after our senior year, it wasn’t painful and it wasn’t awkward. We were the same unlikely mix of girls who, on the surface, have no commonalities.

It was so nice to see them.

Coach was so pleased. He cried; we all knew he would. And, like a bride in a receiving line, he hugged each of us as we walked into the banquet room to surprise him. He glowed. Called me by the nickname I hadn’t been addressed by in seven years. Stayed until the restaurant kicked us out, eager to catch up on each of our lives.

My heart has always known how important soccer was to my development into an adult.

On Tuesday night, my mind finally got the memo.

I feel foolish for obsessing over the superficial.

I am glad that I went.


Unknown said...

YAY! You have no idea how happy it makes me to read this... seriously made my night! You are such a cute grown-up :)

PS. What DID you decide to wear?

A said...

Truthfully, I am only a grown-up in age. We just teased each other relentlessly all night, just like old times.

I bought a sundress from the Gap. Super cute. Was paranoid that the cut made me look pregnant, but I was assured that I am just paranoid.

Laurie said...

I am so glad that you had such a great time!

You thought you looked pregnant in a dress?!?!! You are tiny! You will never look pregnant in a dress unless you're actually pregnant! Leave the stressing out about looking preggers to those of us who have more meat on our bones!

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