05.10.11 = College and reUnion
This past weekend I had a wonderful opportunity to shoot the Centennial Celebration of Alpha Xi Delta at Ohio University. For 100 years this sorority has passed on the bonds of sisterhood from one class to the next, passing along with it all their values, philosophies and secrets. They had an opening reception on Friday night where the generations of woman began to come together. They all seemed to stay in their own small groups of women they knew and didn’t seem to mingle as much with one another. It was friendly hello’s and small chatter. But, by the end of the weekend, I think these women realized just how much they have in common. Not just their bond of sisterhood but their bond of womanhood as well. The older generations were seeing themselves 40, 50 and even 60 years ago and all the dreams that they had and had lived. The younger generation was seeing themselves in years to come and hoping they will still remember all the stories and good times that they once shared with one another. One woman told a story of her boyfriend coming home from WW2 and surprising her at the door. Funny, but I know of one girl who couldn’t be there that weekend because her boyfriend was on leave from Iraq. One lady spoke about the Great Depression and how she got her very first job, while another young lady left early to go work hers. Time moves on and the faces my change but as women, we face the same issues and burdens year after year and generation after generation. Our bonds of sisterhood and of being women hold us together for life.
“Sisters by birth or by bond, we stand shoulder to shoulder supporting one another for life.” Kristan Dunlap
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