By Diane Ako
I still keep in touch with the same clique of about a dozen friends from high school. It's a somewhat rotating group of mostly women, based on who moves back to- or away from- Hawaii. We also get together when one of us returns for a visit. The older I get, the more I appreciate the easy familiarity of old friends who've known each other since the seventh grade.
Lately, seven of us met up for a bon voyage dinner to say goodbye to Lisa, nicknamed Ziggy, whom the recession is forcing to move to California. Now, half of us have young children. If you will note, none of them are in the picture. That's because we left them at home with Dad! Yeah!
We looked around and laughed at the luxury of adults-only dining. When was the last time you ate without Sinjin, I asked Janel. She looked at me. "When was the last time we all got together? Last November?" she responded. Nine months ago?? Same answer from Tina and Zig.
As much as I love Olivia, it's nice to have some "me time" once in a while. No matter how well behaved a toddler is at dinnertime, they will still require some level of attention from you. We enjoyed just being able to focus on our adult conversations.
Of course, "girls night out" sure has a different meaning these days, than when we were in college. Our dinner was at 5:30, and after making a wildly spontaneous stop for - gasp - yogart, we were home by 7:30. Don't laugh. As a graveyard shift worker, that's still past my bedtime.
How often do you dine out without the kids? What do you do on your Girls' Night Out/ Boys' Night Out? Do you still see your school chums?