No, I’m not talking about that musical that was turned into a movie. This is IT, the real thing, my high school batchmates, back in my life, alive and kicking.
We’ve reloaded our Manila Science High School Batch ’91 (and thus she reveals her age) egroup recently, and just like an old friendship, we all picked up where we left off. Anyone who knows me well can attest that I had loads of fun at MaSci, and that I loved my smart, witty, and creative batchmates. I cried the most during graduation. I had them over to my house as often as I could. I was a walking class directory and birthday alarm. I went to college with about 100 of them, in U.P. Before I met the Lord through community, MaSci was my second home.
At the dawn of the Internet era in the Philippines, we had our first egroup. Everyone was excited and we received hundreds of messages in a month. But alas, high school tempers flared up and that egroup had slowly disappeared into oblivion.
Many years later, we have probably matured and missed high school even more, so we tried again. Efforts were made to organize mini-reunions. Threads were introduced in the yahoogroup to entice members to email. It did not pick up easily, like a diesel engine.
But it was only a matter of time before my outspoken batchmates would enter into an online debate about health care, legal issues, and the economy. Reading the entries, all well-written and well-supported, became a habit for almost 150 members of the world’s labor force. MaScians scattered across the globe slowly came together to support whichever side they were on. I did not contribute to the intelligent conversations.
I was more interested in reminiscing. And I’m glad we’re on that thread now. Oh, the revelations! The implications. The what-ifs and could have beens. The resolutions and reconciliations. We’re onto something here.
MaSci was a huge part of my life that I had relegated to the background for fear of being inconsistent with who I had become, or trying to become. Now I can slowly see that I can be true to myself with them, for I no longer need their affirmation.
To my batchmates, I hope all 316 of us could be accounted for. Spread the word! Masci91reloaded. We don’t need a movie to know we have great stories to tell. Get in touch with me and I will add you to our yahoogroup.
Campus Girl is back. 😉