My eyes aren’t glistening with the ghosts of my past! –Harry Potter
Saturday afternoon I met up with a few of my friends from college for a mini reunion. Moose and I have kept in touch all these years, but the other two guys I hadn’t seen in at least 8 years. It was so surreal to all be hanging out together again. The day started out with me third wheeling it with Moose and his lady. We went wine tasting in Sonoma and Napa and it was actually a lot of fun even though I wished Match could have been there. The weather was perfect and it was an absolutely gorgeous day for wine tasting.
We drank a lot of tasty sparkling wine and I got to know Moose’s fiancee.
He’s actually been engaged three times, and so far she’s my favorite. I tease him a lot about being proposal happy and I told him he better be sure that this one stuck. It was great to spend some quality time with Moose before hanging out with everyone else. He’s always felt like an older brother and I’m so happy we’ve stayed friends all these years.
After we drank and had fun in true Napa County style, we headed back to their place in Napa. Napa holds a lot of bad memories for me, but a few good ones. It was in Napa that I first lived with a boy and it ended badly. I think a part of me always worries that I’ll run into that ex, Flame Boy. I’m not really sure what I’m so afraid of because I have never been happier with my life. I guess it’s just a scary thought to run into ghosts from our past.
Speaking of ghosts, when the other two guys showed up for the BBQ at Moose’s, I was forced to remember a lot of other ghosts from my past as “Oregon”, the wild party girl. Moose loves to bring up awkward party stories and he loves to see me turn red. You can bet my face was scarlet for most of the evening. Luckily it was all in good fun, but the story telling portion of the night made me grateful Match was at work. I’m most definitely not the girl I once was!
After eating an amazing BBQ dinner and birthday cake (celebrating our September birthdays early) I had sobered up enough to drive downtown with the guys. We piled into my little car and headed down to the local pub. We hung out and the boys drank and we all visited and did some people watching.
It’s nice when you can hang out with friends you haven’t seen in almost a decade and still feel comfortable. I think I actually felt more comfortable now because I’m grown up and I know who I am. I’m no longer that awkward 18 year old trying to figure out life. My buddies are all a lot more mature now too and all seemed to be happy with their places in life. It was great to reconnect and I hope we do it again soon! Hopefully next time I’ll be able to bring my better half to the party.