In what turned out to be a very prescient move for the months ahead, the class of ’88 sponsored a virtual Valentine’s Day tea on Zoom, proving that the online platform is great for class, club, and Special Interest Group gatherings.
The online event was the brainchild of Karen Angelini ’88, class president. “As Wellesley sisters,” she says, “we all can relate to Valentine’s Day, and to me—whether you are in love, seeking love, or just happy to eat chocolate and surround yourself in flowers—it seemed creative to spin it into a day to pamper yourself with your Wellesley friends.”
About 15 classmates joined in (one from a car—her husband was driving), and Angelini launched the discussion as moderator, asking them to introduce themselves and share which dorm they lived in senior year. Conversation flowed from there. At the 30 minute mark, they took up the question, “Did turning 50 years old cause you to reflect and perhaps change behaviors in your life?”
“It was great to have video and see everybody!” said one participant. “It was an inspiring conversation.” Another said, “It is great to connect with folks with a shared background and in the same place in life.” The class plans future calls to discuss topics such as caring for aging parents and travel.