Essentially we are the same. Just older.

I’ve been to a reunion. Well, not a big reunion, just seven of us, but still a reunion as three of the girls I hadn’t seen for about 25 years or more. We were all the same. Just older.

Essentially the same people but different.

Time changes people. We grow, we evolve and we shift, but we are still the same person we were 30 years ago. We just have different ideas and stories to tell. Some have had babies – one has had FOUR! Others have no children but dogs! That’s me, obviously!

Beauty college in the 80s was very different to how it is now. We were a very close group of fifteen girls, and one boy. Richard left after the first term to become a very successful make up artist. Re-branded as Dick Page.  He was always a massive talent in the making. Not really cut out for manicures and pedicures!

The rest of us stuck out the three year hairdressing and beauty therapy course. In those days it was very intensive! We were a close group although we were paired up most of the time so some of the group we didn’t know as well as our practice partners, but we were still a close knit bunch.

The power of social media has brought us all together.

Everyone has a story, and everyone has a few more lines and crinkles…. some have had health challenges, others have been divorced and re-married, while some married their college sweet hearts and are still together.

This gathering was an indoor barbecue, due to the grotty summer weather – cooked and served by the hosts husband, enabling us to chatter away. Seven menopausal fifty-somethings drinking Prosecco and eating trifle. Well, five were drinking enough for seven but they were staying the night!

It’s times like this that I have a momentary longing for a glass of bubbles or a G&T, but I am essentially very happy being a non-drinker. As long as my glass looks pretty, I’m happy with my water!

I gave up alcohol a few years ago.