With all of my heart, I love and adore these ladies.
Mich moved away about 4 years ago and we haven't seen her since. She's since gotten married, had a baby, and has her second on the way. When we found out that she and her husband were visiting Disney World, a reunion was a must. It came down to the wire, included some frantic texting, and juggling work schedules but we made it happen.
Sadly, it just didn't work out for Ash to join us :( It wasn't the same without her, but we've already planned to make it a FULL reunion when our 10 year reunion comes next year. And, even though Mich won't be able to make it, the rest of us are planning to meet for dinner once every other month.
Because, we miss one another.
I know I miss them desperately.
There's something about growing up with people that makes them know you like no other. They've seen me gain weight and lose weight. They've supported me when my step-dad died. They shake their heads and say that TG is a fool. They share many of the memories of my past. They hope for my future. They use my super creepy memory to their advantage, instead of thinking I'm just super creepy.
In short, they know me and love me. We know and love each other.
Anyway, Shannon met me at the station and we rode over together. On the way there, Meg called to check our progress, give hers, and ask me which Downtown Disney entrance she should take (my super creepy memory also allows me to have a virtual map inside my mind). Mich and her husband texted to let us know that they were waiting at their hotel for a bus.
Meg, Shannon, and I quickly met up at the designated spot. We hugged and laughed and chatted and checked out the various menus and waited for poor Mich (who was on a bus with the world's craziest and slowest bus driver). Then, Cirque let out and everyone was making way for food. Meg, in her matter-of-fact way, said, "I hope they like House of Blues because I'm going to get our name on the list before every restaurant is packed."
While she was waiting in line, I spotted Mich walking up. We walked quickly and then broke into a run/skip to hug each other. It was SOOOOOOO awesome to finally see her!! Meg joined us and the celebration continued. We decided that it would be a great time to take pictures, lol.
Four out of the five.... the last time four of us were together was my birthday/Shannon's wedding on August 25, 2007.