- Posted July 30, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Carolina Girls Through the Years
As she looks back on the photos throughout the years, she says she feels grateful every time she looks at them. Sharing that most of their meet ups have been at UNC, where they first met as freshman. "I have them around my apartment and hanging in my office and I never get tired of looking at them," she says. "It's been six years since we graduated, which isn't that long, but given our locations and all the changes in our lives in that time, I just feel very blessed that we're all still such good friends."
- Anika3, CNN iReport producer
Our routine stays the same as it always did: we start with Mexican food and margaritas and end with group photos. The photos involve lining up four digital cameras, setting the self-timers, racing away, and cramming ourselves on to a couch or the floor. We face the firing squad of flashbulbs and try to guess which one will go off first. We all guess differently. One of us looks that way, one looks this way, one blinks, one moves, all laugh. And repeat. As many times as necessary.
The more we take, the more we laugh and run into each other, as we set, race, and cram. By the end of our shoot, we have 20 photos taken within seconds of each other.
Sometimes we ask others to take the photos for us, but they aren't quite the same. The photos and gatherings are just one aspect of a friendship that is a constant through the apartment changes, job changes, and relationship changes that have defined our 20s. And, hopefully, the friendship will continue to be a constant throughout the changes that will define our 30s, 40s, and beyond.