My former co-teachers held a reunion get-together last week. It was because Charles was back from NY! He’s the only one with the uncanny, fisherman-like ability to reel us all in– no matter which direction we’re coming from and from whatever hole we’ve dug ourselves in.
There are unsaid rules when we get together: (1) No one should mention anything that deals with age and weight (a MUST!); (2) No more mention of bad times…just the good times; (3) And no talking about our own personal issues and stuff that are deemed uncomfortable…except pertaining to the ones who were absent. Kaya kung ikaw ay kabilang sa grupo namin at di ka nakadalo…Hala ka! Malamang pinag-usapan ka namin! 😛 Kaya ‘wag nang mag-aabsent next time!
Also present were Rose, Mama E., Del, Grech, Liza, Bel, Myra, Jenny, Joy and me. We all came from this wonderful school called tlc. The reason I’m mentioning the name is because I am hopeful that people we know from this same school could stumble upon this post by any chance that they decide to google it. We would love to hear from them, especially from our former students, where they are now, what jobs some of them have…oh, yes! We’re that old…yikes (sabi nang walang banggitan ng edad e! 😡 ).
Here are some of the kadramahan that took place 😉 :
Of course, labasan na ng pictures ng mga anakis: Bel showing off her pics of her cutey brood.Tatlo na po!
Joy B, now Mrs. T, taking her young Baby Snooky look-alike daughter for us to meet and to marvel at!
Oh, my! Is this Del’s youngest? It IS!…It’s Ella, now all grown-up–slim and pretty!
What did we talk about? We talked about how things have changed for the last…what? eight to ten years?…The kids of today, their attitudes, the mores, how technology seemed to affect everything that we do…
We also talked about how things HAVEN’T changed at all…teacher issues, the educational system and the ineptness of it all.
We talked about a former student of ours who is now in a certain TV show that has something to do with a ‘dream’ and an ‘academy.’
We talked about experiences of a Filipino teacher in the states (Charlie); well-kept secrets (Liza and Charlie’s), and current love lives (and still, of course, Charlie’s). Charles’ in charge of everything, naturally…And we love him for it! His life is a complete fruition of his dreams and I always find inspiration in his love for work, his focused determination and go-getter attitude in making all his dreams come true. 🙂
In a way, we all have changed and at the same time, haven’t changed. We may be older yet wiser…more at peace and generally happier. But what we had created as a group, as a unit in tlc, it’s still there…THAT will never vanish, wherever we go and whatever path we take. Kahit saang school kami mapadpad at kahit saang panig ng mundo, yung samahan sa batch naming teachers sa tlc ay kakaiba, wala siyang katulad. This is the thing that binds us. And I’m lucky I was a part of this group, and always will be.
Keeping in touch: updating our email addresses (left) so as to maintain friendships and to further strengthen the bonds…
Here are some more photos from the reunion (slideshow via rockyou.com-this site totally rocks!)…hope you like it!