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the last meeting OS

NinaArief Senior Member

Joined: 10 January 2012
Posts: 418

Posted: 15 April 2012 at 7:09am | IP Logged

The last meeting

We aren't exactly best friends- but we certainly are each other's well wishers, we don't get to meet   quite often enough but we are always present in each other's prayers. We are deeply connected by fragile threads of mutual benefit and of course friendship, though we get busy in our lives, we've got our cliques, our jobs, our families, our priorities..

we are just 4 girls studying via distance education… for the same reason in different circumstances- it was the best bet we had, given our situations…  little did we know that our lives would intertwine so much that we would become a family of sorts. We meet each other only every once in 6 months- for a week's classes and then for a week's exams. The rest of the time we barely know what's going on in our lives – much thanks to facebook (where we all play ghost) – but when we meet its beautiful – it's like sisters from another lifetime, like a family reunion- the joy, the laughter, the excitement- ek khumar chadhta hai.

 I am the first to reach for our last class and I feel after a very long time so sentimental.  I see them enter and my heart feels relieved-more like content, we hug and that one touch is enough for us to know that we sail in the same boat. We tease each other, we teach each other, we catch up on moments lost in time, relish those moments of pure friendship that make studying via correspondence  so much of a joy, rather than a compromise. Sometimes it's hard to tell whether we attend those classes for each other or for our studies.

Distance they say makes the heart fonder – so does time, we laugh away our worries , struggle to learn our lessons in between all the catching we have to do… we walk the same road- in different lanes for the most part, coming together only sometimes, our priorities pulling us so far apart, we can barely see each other .  As we near our destination, we laugh more often than needed, trying to cover up our fear of loss- of friendship and joy.

Our last exam was quite normal than expected, somehow none of us broke down into tears or spoke about anything regarding the fact that this was quite possibly our last meeting, yet silent acceptance burdened every moment. Now we've really grown up – we weren't kids anymore.

I'm always the first to leave (thanks to my very punctual dad ), but today I'm  not going with my dad. I stare for longer than needed at my friends as if my mind is a camera recording this moment – I feel like a drama-queen. Today they leave before me, and when we hug we hold longer than usual, when we kiss goodbye- our lips tarry for a blink longer and  I can sense the acceptance, catching the words in my throat, reflecting right back at me in their byes, yet causing havoc in my mind.

 Later that evening , I ask dad permission to take my friends out for dinner, why he asks, just for one last dinner I plead, ok he agrees, sweetheart it's over he admonishes me.  I understand him, I'm in denial of this being our last meeting , I keep wanting to have another 'last meeting' - just so right now I can hope that I will see them again.  But do I really want to go through the surge of emotions we feel when we know it's the last time ever, the joy, the sorrow, the gratitude, the angst, the helplessness, the comfort, the tears.

On a second thought- let it be dad, I finally accept. 

i just had to post this somewhere :)

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-Shwetasri- Goldie

Joined: 19 June 2011
Posts: 2002

Posted: 16 April 2012 at 7:51am | IP Logged
Hello di. Loads of love to you. And a big bear hug. Big smile 

Okay, so I am here with my review of this OS and this time trust me I have not exaggerated my feelings nor have I made my sentences all sugary. I have written what I exactly felt.

Well, I remembered my trip to Hyderabad for the 38th Jawaharlal Nehru Science Exhibition. We all were a team of 20 students, representing the North-Eastern region (Assam, Meghalaya...etc). It was a 3 day exhibition but we all stayed together for 10 days and by the end of the trip no one of us wanted to let go of each other. 

They had become like a second family for me, the family that supported me when I really needed them the most, the family that took care of me when I got sick due to the change in weather, the family that was there by my side when I was rehearsing my lines for the competition. We all stood by each other as we knew that the person standing next to us had no one other than us over there. That is how we all came together and are now a part of each others lives.

After reading your story, I relieved the day I had to separate my ways from theirs'. That was really hard. I had cried continuously for like almost the whole journey back home. It was the worst feeling ever but along with that I had this hope that I would someday see them again. Though I haven't been able to see them and its been almost 2 years but still we all are in touch with each other and I have this friend Avanika who calls we for every small or big problem. 

And trust me, the time when we all talk to each other, it feels as if al the pain, all the worries, all the difficulties have vanished and we are free and happy souls. This is the impact they have on me.

So, I could very well connect with your OS and trust me, I loved it to the core. The way you described the whole situation, the feelings...everything was really perfect and beautiful. I was smiling like an idiot while reading the whole story as I was remembering all those sweet moments. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

What I loved the most was the ending, the way you parted with that unsure feeling of ever meeting again and the last lines were just brilliant. They were enough to bring a tear and see now, I am all tears. Beautifully described and expressed. Clap Clap Clap

Loved it and I am not saying this just for the sake of saying it, I really really really did love it.

Well, I think I have babbled enough, so I will take your leave ('ve to complete my bio note). Take care di and always remember to hope. 
Loads of Love. 

Shwetasri Smile

Edited by -Shwetasri- - 16 April 2012 at 8:15am

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NinaArief Senior Member

Joined: 10 January 2012
Posts: 418

Posted: 16 April 2012 at 11:48am | IP Logged
firstly, Hii Swetasri
where've you been sweetie?? im so glad to see your review..LOL
thanks a ton for the time, and yeah even i wrote this suddenly as i was clearing out my final sem books and suddenly i just had to put in words..
you take care,
loads of love..

Edited by NinaArief - 16 April 2012 at 11:49am

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rev4eva IF-Dazzler

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Posts: 3264

Posted: 28 April 2012 at 12:42am | IP Logged
Aww, Nina finally I manage to read this. It reminded me of my good ol days in uni. Went thru similar journey of separation from my friends who were housemates, classmates, partners in crime. We were solace for each other in absence of our families. Time has thought us to move on, now everyone is busy with their life at different part of the world but we still never missed every chance we get to catch up and rekindle old memories.

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Snowey IF-Rockerz

Joined: 15 March 2012
Posts: 9620

Posted: 29 May 2012 at 5:49pm | IP Logged
Very nicely written, Thinking of my friends and missing them badly. 

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AfflicteD Senior Member

Joined: 04 April 2012
Posts: 719

Posted: 10 July 2012 at 11:10am | IP Logged
Very nice OS..
I loved it..especially the last two lines.. it's true..It's great!
We know from the beginning that one day we will have to move on..but we choose to ignore. and when the day finally comes, we realize it is so hard to move on and let go..
This was very nice..
Thanks for the PMSmile

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Tyro IF-Sizzlerz

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Posted: 11 July 2012 at 1:24am | IP Logged
nice OS...

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