The ties that bind
For a bunch of Canossian Convent school girls from Segamat, it was a case of absence making the heart fonder during a recent reunion.
THE date June 8, 2013 dawned bright and clear. Various groups of girls … erm … women, headed towards Malacca, driving, taking buses, being driven by husbands, children or other members of their families.
The lobby of Bayview Malacca was a madhouse at noon with women of all colours, shapes and sizes clamouring to check in early while carrying on conversations with those beside them. “Hah? You still working ah? Not tired ah?” “I din know you were staying there. Very near my Taman what? If I knew, I would’ve looked you up early, early already.”
“Four grandchildren ah? You joking or what?”
It was the day of the grand reunion of the Class of ’ 70 of Canossian Convent Segamat – or the CCSCO70 Crazees, as we call ourselves. Crazy, we were back then, and to our utter delight, still are – embarrassingly so! While some had stayed in touch, many had zero contact with their ex-classmates for more than 40-odd years until the organising of the reunion, which also triggered the setting up of the blog ‘ Crazy CanossianS CO’70 Reunited’.
Long before the “Night of Nostalgia” was to start, the ladies gathered outside the Carnation Room, the venue for the event, not wanting to miss a moment of that special night. Voices approached higher decibels as more and more people arrived. Pretty soon, pandemonium was upon us, with everyone shouting and screaming and trying to get into photographs with various gangs. “Oh my God, you haven’t changed at all.” “Aiyo, you look stunning man!” “Alamak! Everybody looks so young! I better go back to my room and hide lah!”
“I know got theme wan lah! So shy to wear this ‘ Flower Power’ attire lah – so old alledy woh!”
As someone put it, the foyer was like a pasar malam (night market). The few hubbies who lingered to assist or to chat disappeared in a hurry before they got sucked into the loony bin of loud and hyper-excited bunch of crazees!
The “Night of Nostalgia” was filled with shared memories, pure nostalgic laughter and lots and lots of catching up. Besides the wining and dining, there was lots of fun and excitement. A slide-show not only tugged at aged, cholesterol-lined heartstrings but had everyone in stitches as we poked fun at ourselves, the teachers and nuns. There was also a cake for all the Crazees who had turned 60 this year. And what is a reunion without games, rapid-fire rounds and prizes! Not to mention the prolonged yam seng (toast). However, the highlight of the “Night