These are three of my best and oldest friends. We first met in pre-school at the age of 5 and were together for the rest of our school days. Secondary school ended when we were 16. It took a chance encounter in a super-market 21 years later for us all to meet again. You would think that on an island this tiny, we would have been bumping into each other all the time. But it was not to be. Now that we've met again we've agreed that we will not lose track of each other again.
It's hard to explain friendships like the one we have. It felt like 21 years had never passed; as if we had left school Friday night and were back together again after the weekend. It was that easy, picking up where we had left off. I am still amazed that we have such a strong bond. There used to be other girls in our group, and we have managed to meet up with some of them again, but not all friendships are for real. Some so called 'friends' no longer have a part in our lives. The change was too great. Our group always used to meet in the same place, in the little cranny in front of what we used to call the Blue Hall and in between the piano cubicles which the borders used to use in the 60s. Our school was in a 300 year-old building, full of these little places, where a group of friends could meet and share jokes and secrets, dreams and hopes. By some unwritten rule, that tiny area was ours during the last 3 years we were in secondary school. We would meet there every morning and those old walls must have heard a lot of teenage giggles.
Our school days passed and we each went our separate way to pursue our dreams. Thankfully, we were able to get back in touch. I am amazed at how many personal trials each one of us has had to go through and also at how much we have changed while remaining the same deep inside. It sounds like a contradiction but it is also true. There are few people outside my immediate family that I can be so open with. Few people with whom, after 21 years, I will be ready to talk to about some of my most personal issues. That is why these girls are more than friends. To me, each one of there girls is more like a sister.