One of the things I wish I had done better in my life is keeping up with people who I was good friends with at some time in my life. A good, though not great, exception to that is my friend Carol who was my next door neighbor when we were in 3rd and 4th grades. I say "not great" not meaning that she is not a great friend, but meaning that I haven't done a great job of staying in touch with her. We live less than a half hour from each other and the lunch we had today is the first time we have gotten together in a couple of years. We both promised to do better going forward.
Carol and I had lost touch years ago about the time we both graduated from college and I got married and started having kids and moving every few years and she began a career as a flight attendant. Then about 20 years ago I found out through her parents that she was living in Colorado and in fact lived only about three blocks from me. By then she was married and had 2 kids and for a while we saw a lot of each other. After we both moved, in the same area, but not so close, we didn't get together as often. We both had kids with busy lives and she was also taking care of her aging parents. In recent years we have talked from time to time but life seemed to always get in the way of us getting together very often.
I am so glad we both made the effort to meet for lunch today. It was so good to reconnect and catch up and share memories of those long ago childhood years. It is so fun to spend time with someone who remembers those elaborate games of Knights and Ladies we played outside until well after dark on warm summer nights. I loved remembering my first airplane trip by myself to visit Carol and her family after they moved from Tulsa to Shreveport. There is no one who can help you feel young like an old friend.
Are you good at staying connected with old friends?