Every single woman in the room had ‘another one on the way’ in various stages. At least three were massively pregnant.
I exaggerate: those who weren’t pregnant had just had twins, a number of ankle-biters at home, or were planning to have one soon. One woman had three kids. Three!
Everyone lives on the east side. Everyone.
I asked one woman how she was. “I have a 19-year old boyfriend!” she replied. “People have been high-fiving me all night!!”
It was a sit-down dinner along two long tables. The kewl, bitchy girls took one table, and the rest of us took the other. Fifteen years later, and the battle lines are still drawn along those who listen to Fox FM, and those who listen to RRR.
The Debaucherers – Karen & Amelinda – are still as daggy and good-natured as ever. Karen (who was born at the age of 40) has twin newborn ‘littlies’ at home, and a ‘hubby.’ Amelinda confided she was still keeping the spirit alive by seeing Skid Row at the Forum.
All these years later, and I still wanted to slap the face of Louise K and Katie L.
Lou O picked a fight with Annalise.
I found one like-minded spinster, a girl who spends all her money on travel. Why was I not friendlier with this girl at school?
Everyone brought photos of babies, weddings and even ultrasounds.
The gregarious Theona came in late, flapping her arms. “Oh, my husband and I live next door to my parents because we’re Greek! My sister lives down the road too – Greek! My brother lives near his parents in law because he’s Greek!! We’re all Greek!!” Still running with the Nick Giannopolous/Con the Fruiterer humour then.
We were made to arrange ourselves on some steps, school photo-style. Then we were ‘shushed’ repeatedly and addressed by the principal, a woman none of us knew. I felt like I was back in year 7 again, and wanted to shout out smartarse comments.
In the interests of full disclosure, and in all modesty, my pals and I looked heaps younger and more smashing than most of the people there. This is no lie.