05 February 2010

Remembering the 'old' Self.


College buddies, all from the school paper, except G (A's daughter), who was our baby then.
Donald was awarded one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines back in the day.
And the rest of the girls are amazing writers and smart women. Missing them.
Taken during the reunion, January 3, The Outpost.


My friend Sharon tagged me in Facebook as 'Someone who is likely to be Radical'. I was actually quite touched that she sees me that way. Sharon has the gift to see through people's souls, I think.

Not a lot of people know that about me. But to those who have known me since highschool or college, they were not surprised. They'd actually be surprised if I'd take the safe route or the conservative view.

. . . . .

In college, I was known to be aloof, serious, and no-nonsense. I heard it passed in whispers along school corridors. During class reports or thesis presentations, my classmates would always beg me not to ask questions. I always asked the toughest questions that's why. And no one could bullsh*t me with pa-cute answers. My friend JJ who has known me since highschool would say: "Dili gyud na pwede ni Siroy and magpa-cute cute."

I wasn't the friendly type, didn't smile at anyone, and was extremely anti-social. The only social functions I went to were rallies on the streets.

But it's different when your friends tell it to your face. During the last reunion, someone said: "You were so serious in College." It somehow confirms what acquaintances and strangers say about you. And it makes you stop and think.

I have, of course, loosened up a bit. I have learned to laugh out loud and go real crazy. I have learned to rise above small things. And in recent years, I've opened up to new friendships, too.


With my nephews and niece, a quick pose after coffee at Bo's.
Photo taken by D.


My sisters still think I'm too strict. Funny though, my nephews and nieces think I'm cool. :D

But I must admit, I'm very strict with my sisters. And I spoil my nephews and nieces rotten. :)

. . . . .

There will always be parts of ourselves - blind areas - we will only become aware of when other people would give us feedback. And we're lucky if we have true friends who would care enough to tell us; and luckier, if we have enough humility to listen.


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Mai.Mai February 5, 2010 at 4:00 PM  

I was aloof back in HS and college and still is now.. lol. I think.

Mina February 5, 2010 at 9:14 PM  

Funny how school friends react surprisingly when they stumble upon you now. they don't expect you to be the same 10, 15 years ago, do they?! FB friends, really, hay. :D

I'm a strict sister (to my 2 brothers, both married. Something's very wrong in this picture hehe), Ai! But a very very cool aunt (their words, not mine) din! apir! *grin*

Aileen Siroy February 5, 2010 at 11:58 PM  

Mai.Mai said...
I was aloof back in HS and college and still is now.. lol. I think.

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You still are. LOL. :D I'm just glad we're friends. :)

Aileen Siroy February 6, 2010 at 12:01 AM  

Mina said...
Funny how school friends react surprisingly when they stumble upon you now. they don't expect you to be the same 10, 15 years ago, do they?! FB friends, really, hay. :D

I'm a strict sister (to my 2 brothers, both married. Something's very wrong in this picture hehe), Ai! But a very very cool aunt (their words, not mine) din! apir! *grin*

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Strange how some people don't really expect to see us change no? But well, one thing is sure: it's a good thing how many of us change for the better. :)

Haha. You are funny. But I guess, we remain 'ate' to our sibs no matter how old they get or whether they get married or not. :) apir! :D

Mai.Mai February 6, 2010 at 8:36 AM  

You still are. LOL. :D I'm just glad we're friends. :)

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I'm glad-er. lol.

I can relate to pa cute answers and like you back then I ask the most difficult question. I'm not only aloof, I'm also a sadist. lol

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