More than a year ago, one of my Miami friends started organizing a reunion weekend for a group of girlfriends. The six of us hadn’t been together at the same time since one of them got married seven years ago! She found a weekend that would work for everyone in early October – including one of us who lives in China. We had adjoining hotel rooms at the only hotel uptown (The Elms Hotel) and made it a point to eat at all of our favorite spots throughout the weekend. Even though it was Parents Weekend, it was so refreshing to be in the same place as all of these dear friends. And not just anywhere, but in a place that is near and dear to all of us – Oxford, Ohio.
[We moved into our freshman dorm, Dodds Hall, 15 years ago. So thankful that living on the same floor was the start of a friendship full of adventures!]
[I lived in the Little Yellow House during my junior year. It has a new front door, but otherwise, it looks exactly the same.]
[Posing in front of King Library where many shenanigans (and some studying) took place!]
[Posing for photos all around campus throughout the day – this time in front of Central quad and the iconic MacCracken Hall.]
[The business school built a new building after we graduated. I’ve seen it before, but I’m amazed every time. It is impressive!]
[We went to the Bookstore during our visit, and one of my old Bookstore colleagues was working! It was such a fun surprise to see her! And yes – I worked at the Bookstore all four years of college.]
[The famous Tuffy’s roll still exists, even though Tuffy’s doesn’t! Glad we found the place to enjoy it on campus!]
[Bagel & Deli was not one of my staples while in college, but it was for many. Who doesn’t love a steamed bagel overflowing with meat, cheese, toppings, and in this case, Doritos?!]
[Two of us had to use some serious negotiation skills to secure a table at our favorite uptown restaurant, Kona, but we were successful! So great to have a final meal here. We found out a couple of weeks after our visit that they closed for good after 20 years in business.]
As if a weekend in Oxford wasn’t wonderful enough, I stopped in Indianapolis on the way to and from to see some other Miami ladies and their kiddos. One of them just relocated to Indy, so it was fun to see her new home, too.
I am so grateful that these sweet college friendships have withstood time and distance. With each of these ladies, we pick up where we left off, and there is ALWAYS lots and lots of laughter. Until the next reunion – wherever and whenever that might be!