Sunday, March 09, 2008

Here's to Good Friends

I got a very special visit yesterday. I blogged a few weeks ago about my old friend, Adam, who I found on Facebook. We were good friends in high school, but completely lost each other after we went to different colleges. We chatted via e-mail, Facebook, and phone, and I invited him to come to a hockey game with me. He did.

It was so cool to see him again when it had been so long (I thought it had been almost 19 years, but he remembers seeing each other once after high school, so it is probably 17 years - still a long time!) It felt very familiar and comfortable. We seemed to have no problems talking and catching up. We related experiences we have had since high school, and reminisced about the things we did together in high school. We remembered that I taught him how to drive a stick shift in my old Nissan Sentra. We talked about the beach trip we took right after we graduated with our group of friends. He told me about how Greenville looks now - how everything is so built up and how our actual school building was likely torn down. To top it all off, we got to see an amazing hockey game (the Canes beat the Sabres in overtime and I was literally biting my nails) and I got to take him to "my bar" - The Flying Saucer. We stayed up way, way too late, but it was worth it.

It is so important to keep your friends in your life. It meant so much to me to get that connection back. He is someone who "knew me when" and he remembers my mom. I will not let another 17 or 19 years go by.


Maggy said...

So glad you had a good visit with Adam. Yes, I cried.

One of my high school friends is trying to organize a dinner with a small group of us. I wasn't particularly excited about it, as we see each other from time to time, but you have inspired me. It's good to keep in touch with old friends. They are very special!

Tinsie said...

Sounds like you had a brilliant time! Catching up with old friends is so important, even if (or maybe particularly if) you lost touch at some point. Here's hoping that you get to see each other again soon, and wishing you all the best!

Susan Mo said...

Thanks guys!! It really was a great time, and we are already trying to figure out when we will see each other again. I know we will keep in touch. It has inspired me to want to try to get in touch with other old friends.

Some folks are of the opinion that the past is the past. It should be left there and you should focus on the here and now. I think both can exist in one's life. I know I am happy with it.