This is part of a memoir series on my friendship with Renee who I met in college and focuses mainly on our escapades during our late teens and early twenties.
Renee and I met on the first day of college at Brown University in 1981 at Convocation. The Van Wickle Gates are opened twice a year. At the beginning of the school year freshmen come in through the gates. They proceed to the Main Green where a convocation speech is held. Four years later, we would walk through again on graduation.
I was 17 years old. It was a sunny day. I don’t know why Renee and I started talking but we did. We talked through the entire convocation speech. She is as much a talker as me. I don’t remember what we said. I only know that we hit it off, liked each other, must have found things in common. On that day, a friendship began.