There’s one particular “coupling” incident during college that I look back with a hint of nostalgia.        

     Graduations are supposed to be joyous occasions.   However, during the graduation of my boyfriend, we were outside Florence Kern Auditorium watching solemnly the line of seniors marching into the audie.  As a working student and simultaneously supporting several Manobo kids through school, my bf was unable to pay the graduation fee, thus disqualifying him from joining the graduation ceremony with his batch. 

     The clump of pines near the audie witnessed two lovers watching wryly the graduation proceedings.  My beau was not totally despondent, though. He did attend his college graduation, only he was outside. And a job was waiting for him the next day.


Juliet S. Reyes, AUP