Arc of Some Skivers

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27 Responses

  1. Maddy says:

    It’s no good, I have to ask the significant of ‘skivers’? Clearly it means something different out here.

    This is my calling card or link“Whittereronautism”until blogger comments get themselves sorted out.

  2. squealer says:

    Mysterious Forces compelled me to check the blog about five minutes after you posted this . . . no fair making me tear up (and making me look at my own dazed October face) on a Thursday. Love you to little bitty bits.

  3. Jocelyn says:

    Maddy–To me, it means a slacker. And we were, in many respects. Lots of expensive classes were skipped. We skivved off.

  4. furiousBall says:

    I have lost touch with a lot of my college buddies, mostly because I’m embarrassed of what an asshole I was back then… erm, still am.

    I mean when you wake up with concentric burn circles on your palm and an entire car door from a friends car in your bunk and your pants are down, there’s ‘splainin’ to do.

    ‘splainin’ is a kick ass made up contraction is starts and ends with apostrophes, totally doesn’t f around

  5. Marie says:

    What is it with the extra long sheets??? I was never able to find any, so it’s a good thing my funding fell through and I had to go to the community college instead.

  6. August says:

    This is very touching.

    I love the photo & comments. You all look like the kind of pals Iā€™d want sticking around for a lifetime.

  7. Lone Grey Squirrel says:

    You are truly blessed and I am truly

  8. SQT says:

    I went to school in Japan and had a great group of friends like this. Unfortunately, they we’re all East Coast people and I’m a West Coaster and it was just too hard to keep in touch. Plus a couple of them stayed in Japan and the phone bills were just incomprehensible.

    I can totally relate to your feelings of inadequacy too. I kept feeling like an imposter who didn’t belong.

  9. Susan says:

    I’m a Navy Brat and skivvies are your underware. Just thought you’ld like to know!

    How amazing that you have managed to keep up with this wonderful group of friends. Keep holding them tight!

    Susan at A Slice of Life

  10. geewits says:

    Ha ha! I sent a Christmas card tonight to my high school boyfriend’s parents and I was thinking about how I still own the top EXTRA LONG sheet from college, because my sheets amd matching towels were a graduation gift from them – 28 YEARS AGO! I think it’s so great (and so Big Chill) of you guys to still be friends and get together.

  11. Glamourpuss says:

    One of the things I really love about you, Jocelyn, is that you truly understand and appreciate the value of things.


  12. Girl on a Wire says:

    Hmm, ‘larger arcs of friendships’ there is a certain comfort in very long term friendships that you have captured beautifully.

    Skiving is a very worthy past-time, which can, through years of practice, be translated into a full time job.

  13. lime says:

    high school was a painful experience and i could not wait to get to college and put it all behind me. college was heaven. and like you, i found friendships that have endured and even after time and distance are resurrected with the slightest effort.

    here’s to skivvers and buttercream frosting!

  14. Anonymous says:

    It is possible that you are confusing Howard Jones, “What IS Love Anyway?” with Tina (Rest in Hell Ike) Turner, “What’s Love Got to Do with It?”

    Not possible?

    I like the girl with the gnome.


  15. Jocelyn says:

    Yea, IJim, like I told you through email, you are ever my fact checker, catching me when I’ve been rushed to get a post up and haven’t done a proper check myself.

    I will hire you and pay you in molasses cookies, okay?

  16. Her Grace says:

    What a lovely tribute to your friends.

    Sadly, I let all of my college friendships slip away, but for one, which I know will be lifelong. I wish I had worked harder.

  17. Diesel says:

    You may occasionally get your facts wrong, Jocelyn, but remember, “No one ever is to blame.”

  18. choochoo says:

    I lost touch with most of the ppl I went to college with. Lucky you:)

  19. rak says:

    i like the idea that friendships can spark up again šŸ™‚

    where would we be without our true friends?

  20. kimber the wolfgrrrl says:

    That has got to be the best roadmap of friendship I have ever had the pleasure to read.

  21. AmyTree says:

    I’m a bit choked up after reading that….last Christmas I had a similar gathering with some of my old (and now far-flung) friends from High School – even people I hadn’t seen since we graduated were still comfortable friends, it was wonderful.

  22. That Chick Over There says:

    I wish I could be your friend too, for reals.

    Also? I wish I had a group of people in my life like this. I just don’t, and probably never will, and that saddens me.

  23. Claire says:

    You are the best! You made me start thinking about college life and how I finally became myself.

  24. Dorky Dad says:

    I have a few friends from back in my college days, but not like that — for many of the same reasons as Furious. Too much of a jerk back then.

  25. Tai says:

    You need friends like that.
    And buttercream frosting!

  26. Linda says:

    What a beautifully written tribute to friends!

  27. Princess Pointful says:

    Knowing those delicious little bits of info about people is sometimes better than an entire life’s narrative… it means you are really paying attention.

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