I think every parent gets excited about a night out. Whatâ€™s rare is wonderful they say and last weekend was very rare indeed â€“ I had a night out with my college buddies. Itâ€™s been a very long time since we were all out together. Iâ€™d admit exactly how long if I had actually come to terms with my age yet, which I havenâ€™t, so I wonâ€™t. But suffice to say I hadnâ€™t seen some people since Iâ€™d left college and Whigfield was big at the time.
It was easy to see by the chosen venue that some of us (not me) have retained our coolness more than others. The music was loud, very loud. Iâ€™ll be honest Iâ€™m not even sure it was music â€“ I think Madame Gazelle might refer to it as noise.
Conversations were roared over the din. I coped with the volume quite well â€“ I think as a mum of seven I may measure loudness and shouting on a different scale to others.
We moved somewhere quieter to catch up properly and laughter replaced the noise. Laughter at recollections of our youth, laughter at our proven inaccurate theories and laughter at stories from our current lives.
I am a much more sophisticated being now and my college drinks of 20/20 and Ritz have been replaced with a penchant for red wine â€“ you know, whatever is on special in the local supermarket. What has remained the same are my lightweight tendencies. As the giggles continued, aided by fabulous company and wine, a friend I hadnâ€™t seen since we left college turned to me and said â€œLook at you, seven kids later and youâ€™re still Jenâ€. She made my night.
And as I reluctantly said my goodbyes to my fabulous college pals, a promise of a karaoke night to follow was made. Brief discussions were held before my departure about solos and involvement and â€œenthusiastic participantsâ€.
A song I loved came on the radio in the taxi on the way home. I figured it was the perfect chance to practice for our upcoming event â€“ so I did, because after all Iâ€™m still me 😉