There are few teachers from my high school that I would like to honor this day. Among them, my fourth year adviser would be on top of my list. Let’s call her Ma’am Connie.
They say that teachers are your second parents and Ma’am Connie was truly my second mother in high school. She was always ready to listen and give advice when needed. She supported all our endeavors individually and as a class even though the other teachers are against it. She always encouraged us to become better versions of ourselves and I never heard a bad word from her when we fail or make mistakes. She made our senior year a memorable one and I will be forever treasure the memories I have of that year.
I just feel really bad that I’ve lost touch with her for the last 12 years or so. Our graduation ceremony was not ordinary and visiting her in school after that would have been stressful. Also, I’ve been engrossed in myself making my way into the world and carving my niche. Perhaps I should have stayed connected; maybe the journey wouldn’t have been so hard if I did.
But that’s all in the past now. I have reconnected with Ma’am Connie this year, initially on Facebook, and it was followed by small gatherings with other classmates. It culminated in an overnight swimming in Villa Legaspi here in San Pedro, Laguna. Some were missed but the a lot of people attended and the food was overflowing. The kids – yes, those with kids brought theirs — enjoyed the pool. It was interesting to see how far we’ve come but still retain the same traits that made us endearing in high school.
In case you’re interested in the place were we held our reunion, please check out my blog post in The San Pedrense. It’s a big place with two large bedrooms, perfect for a family or class reunion. The “hall” can be turned into a stage or dance floor if you want and there’s an area to lay out the food, presents,or even first dance recital gifts for your kids.