Monday, 25 June 2012

A coffee as big as my heart

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Seven years ago I finished my Alevels, said goodbye to my childhood and went out into the world. Before I did I made a pact with my best friends that we'd meet again when we were 25 on the steps of the National Gallery and see what we had made of life outside our school gates. On Saturday we fulfilled our 18-year-old selves' promise.

When I left school only a handful of students in America had heard of Facebook, and Twitter was nonexistent, and our first year of university we sent each other postcards and mix cds and chatted on msn messenger - that really makes me feel old!

Although I moved back home to London after University, most of my school and university friends are spread over the country from Glasgow to Southampton, and I really treasure that time when we used to spend all day together and then talk for hours every evening about what we did all day.

I miss my friends and I so loved getting to spend a day just eating and drinking and catching up as if we were 18 again and no time had passed at all. If you are seeing your best friends this week make sure you tell them how awesome they are!

25 comments:

Mat said...

that was a sweet idea all those years ago, darn we should have done that when i left uni! though we were all different ages. nice to grab a coffee anything too, i prefer it to pubs these days

daisychain said...

What a lovely post Harriet! x

Jo said...

A really lovely post Harriet and what a great pact to have made. I love that top photo too.

When we were 16 my friends and I made a recording of ourselves chatting on tape, like a time capsule, and said we'd listen to it ten years later. Sad thing is tape players are practically obselete now! God I feel old. Haha!

Jess Lice said...

onww *-*
this time don´t come back :/
but is the life, always keep walking :)

Xox

─░pek said...

That's so sweet! There's nothing like meeting with old friends, it's definitely good for the soul.

Kylie said...

Aww that is really nice and I bet your friends appreciate this post. I go quite a long time sometimes without seeing/real life talking to my friends, so I love it when we met up (usually includes getting drunk) hehe x

Gemma Satire said...

Oh this is such a lovely post! I'm glad you have managed to stick to the promises of your 18-year-old self! It's mad the way the world is rapidly progressing and changing. Scary even. Can't believe Facebook was unpopular when you were in uni and Twitter was non existent, what on EARTH did you do with your time?!

Gemma x

www.gemmasatire.blogspot.co.uk

Bette on Toast said...

Hahahahaaa! I'm the same age as you, and also got through my first year of uni without the aid of Facebook - back in the days of 'networks' (is that what they were called?), when you had to use a university email address to sign up! Spending all evening msn-ing with school friends too. Do you remember how it was the very thing to change your msn name to some cryptic, coded message (or song lyric, to show how cool you were)to portray how you were feeling, or what was going on in your life that day? The precurser to facebook statuses, really!

Man, I feel like a dinosaur! :oD

I loved your post about catching up with your school friends. Didn't 25 seem ANCIENT when we were 18?

Chloe Likes To Talk said...

Such a great thing to still have. By the time I left school I didn't really have any friends left, let alone any best friends. My best friends from uni however, I love for us to meet when we're 30, to see what we've achieved!

Katy said...

That's such a fantastic idea, and lovely that you were all able to do it too! x
Sirens and Bells

Sherin said...

Oh: I graduated from my a levels 7ish years ago too. Gosh, I feel old!
I still love to hang out with my old school friends, even though those meetings a rare!

Molly ♥ said...

I'm still at school, I hope I'll stay in touch with my friends.

EilidhPie said...

That is such a sweet idea - and youve reminded me to text a friend, thanks! Xo

PinkBow said...

Ah that is so lovely, I love how ou all met up.

Kim said...

You frightened me now, we are the same age- is it really THAT long ago since A-Levels. I really feel old! I must say, most of my friends from those days are non-existent now; but the real ones have stayed. Lovely idea xx

Audrey (hkittygirl) said...

That's so cool that you all created that promise to see each other again. It's such a great idea and now I want to do that! :)

Emsipop said...

What a lovely post, and lovely pictures!
I am 22 but I still regularly see my friends from college, they are the ones I have kept. Maybe it's because we haven't all moved too far away though =)
xx

Alice said...

Such a sentimental post, I love the fact you made a pact all those years ago to meet up again. I miss my college friends so much, I’ve always thought its strange how you spend so much time together and then almost instantly it changes and you don’t get to see one and other as much, but that is part of growing up I suppose, nothing can stay the same forever. Such a lovely heart-warming post xxx

Maria said...

Such a lovely idea! I have been friends with the same group of people since I was at high school so I am extremely lucky!

Maria xxx

Satin and Souffles said...

So sweet! I hope me 7 my friends will keep our promises! P.s those coffee cups are amazing! xx

{Satin&Souffles}

Elise said...

Ooh this is a really nice idea - I suppose Facebook etc does make it easier to stay in touch but nothing beats meeting up in person! :)

SabinePsynopsis said...

How wonderful that you really did meet up! The whole new media help to stay in contact, but there's nothing like a chat over a cup of coffee/tea, or even better - a glass of wine. xoxo

Abby Mifsud said...

I love this! <3 How great that you guys actually followed through and it's crazy to think how much has changed in that span of time!

Lil said...

This is such a cute post. I'm still very close to a lot of my friends from school even though we're spread out all over the country, and I always think it's sad when people tell me I'm really lucky. Nice to appreciate your friends and now I'm down south less I really love it when I get to see them! x

Anonymous said...

That's such a nice story !!!

xx