"Last morning..." is how my eldest, Elise, described anything in the past. Now, she's starting kindergarten and has no use for this phrase! I want to remember this, along with all of our stories, so I'm putting it here on Last Morning's Adventures. I hope you can either relate or get a laugh. :)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Wherefore Art Thou Hillsider?

Would a rose by any other name smell just as sweet? I doubt it!Hillsider n. /hill-sī-dr/ resident of Arnicar in Hillside Apartments at Centre College during the 1997-1998 school year.

Obviously, it has come to mean so much more. Loud. Obnoxious. Annoying to those in vicinity. Six versions of the same stories told at the same time using whatever means necessary: cutting in, cutting off, more inflection, louder voices...These attributes only seem to intensify with age and separation.

The latest meeting of the Hillsiders was in Seattle last weekend. We travelled from Huntsville, Cincinnati, Louisville, Chicago and Durham to visit the last Hillsider to take the plunge into motherhood. Toneya:

Isn't she gorgeous?! Per tradition, we gathered at the Mother-To-Be's house, kicked the husband out and spent the weekend talking over each other and giving Toneya advice. Oh, and we also gave her a shower!

Of course, she liked my gift the best…it’s kind of embarrassing! The most amazing part of the whole shower was that Tonia’s Seattle friend actually stuck around afterward.

She did, however, bring along a sweet little buffer to help cope with our Hillside mania.

Besides the shower and the catching up, there’s really not much else to include. Well, except, look at this! On the left, a hard core Louisville fan and on the right, a Dukie! That might be all we need to say about the game…

Last, but not least, my sarcasm can stand between what I say and what I mean. I adore these amazing women. We truly embrace our differences. We talk about the curveballs life throws our way. We support each other from afar. And, of course, we have a blast!


  1. Great post, Jackie! I loved every minute you girls were here! I'm still feeling the Hillsider reunion afterglow. :)

  2. Whoo hoo Jackie. Love the post...now delete that photo from your records before Jeff sees it. Ha ha. Missing the Hillsiders already!

  3. Love your post Jackie!

  4. I'm so glad you all got together.Iknow it was wonderful. Good luck. Tonya. Hi to everyone. Rita

  5. Just catching up on Facebook and your blog now. Great post, Jackie! Miss you all!