We go a long way

VANESSA and I—we go a long way. We were seatmates and partners in crime back in high school—first row, near the trellis. We would later be partners in our science research project, which was hogwash in the greater scheme of things. I hope it's buried somewhere so no one else would find it. I was a frequent visitor to her home in Tambis Street, where we would work on school stuff, the actual work comprising 5% of our stay there. The rest was spent chatting or eating her sister's homemade brazo de mercedes.

She celebrates her birthday today. I almost forgot about it, as I am bad with birthdays—that she knows. We hardly see each other now. The tragedy of separation. This was Vanessa two years ago, when she was struggling with law school. We ate at a restaurant in Timog.

week 28, 2012

And this was her, just a few weeks after she had landed a job in a prestigious law firm last year.

happy birthday, vanessa

So happy birthday, dear Vanessa! I count it a great joy to have known you for 15 (give or take) years now.

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