I don’t have any biological sisters…that I know of, so it was important to me in college to join a sorority for a number of reasons. I wanted to be among supportive, encouraging women who knew how to have fun. I wanted to be a lung dynamic women who ere do I something with their lives. I wanted to be part of a group that contributed to the community. And I wanted sisters. Ladies who I could laugh with, cry with, share with, open up with, be real with – who would accept me as I am and love me anyway.
I am blessed to say that I found all of that and more when I pledged the Zeta Phi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc; 8 of us crossed on April 30, 1990. In 25 years 6-7 of us have kept in touch over the years. We’ve stayed connected through college, graduations, jobs/careers, boyfriends, marriages, divorces, relocations, alumnae and national chapter activities, health issues, births, and deaths. We’ve all been married, and everyone has at least one child. Some are active and others are not.
Through it all, we have been able to remain sisters for 25 years. And for that I am grateful. Proud to be a member of such a dynamic organization. We continue to have women of Delta blaze trails – I won’t list them all here, but I will say that the latest is Loretta Lynch who just got confirmed as the U.S. Attorney General earlier this week. Deltas have been on the move and in the news since 1913; we can’t stop and won’t stop educating, informing, pushing for awareness, justice, and change.
In the meantime, to celebrate our 25th, five of us got together and had a staycation that was pretty epic. Jeju Sauna is a Korean spa – which means they offer services that are extremely intimate – as in, everyone gets naked. There is a co-Ed section with the clothed saunas; and there are gender specific sections which each offer body scrubs and massages, whirlpools and steam saunas. We opted for the body scrubs. Lemme tell you; you have never been clean until you get a scrub like this one! We all took showers that morning before arriving, and we all marveled at the amount of dirt on each of our tables. But when we we done- how smooth and soft we all felt. Now the plan is to go quarterly.
After the sauna we checked into our hotel and got ready for dinner. We had two adjoining rooms and they gave us (one of us) about 5 keys for all rooms. I don’t know what the heck happened, but somehow we were locked out of the rooms before dinner. Four of us were standing in the hallway and no one had the key. But one of us tried to pick the deadbolt – I won’t say who because I don’t want to incriminate myself (I mean her). Anyway, the fifth member of the group wake up and says “what are you doing?” And ” I was wondering if you were getting jacked and I needed to run”. Turns out she had all of the blinking keys in her purse. She picked them all up S we left, and that fully had them whe we needed it.m I cannot make this stuff up!
Dinner was great – we really got a chance to reconnect and make resolutions to do better at staying in touch more often, especially since we all live in the same general area. And we’re all going to try to get active with a chapter, for those who are to already active.
Back to the hotel for more shenanigans. We had a Wine & Wig party where we tried on all these different wigs and struck a pose like we were in a Madonna video back in the day. We stayed up until 4 AM talking, and one person had the nerve to try and stay up even longer. Love you sis, but it’s lights out for you,
Brunch the next morning was a good wrap-up, and a pedicure capped off a great 24-hour retreat. Love my sorors of DST; blessed with great line sisters from Zeta Phi. Next step, reclamation so that we’re all active again, and quarterly activities to stay connected. Love my line sisters to life!