Today was one of those days I’ll look back on with fond memories. Why? I had a chance to spend time with an old friend who I hadn’t seen for 32 years.
My friend had let me know about being in town for the weekend and the stars aligned for me to be able to meet him at a nearby park where his family would be having a picnic. After getting to the park, I noticed a large group of people wearing what appeared to be family reunion t-shirts and thought that must be them.
On the way up to the pavilion where everyone was gathered, my friend saw me walking up and came down the stairs. I can’t describe what I felt when I saw him other than immediate joy. It was as though those 32 years hadn’t changed us a bit even though we both are now in our 50’s.
We had roomed together at ORU for a year and spent many a night staying up late talking about God and life. The dorm-wing we were a part of was called, The Sons of Thunder (something I’ll be blogging about down the road) and was one of the best wings to be on at ORU at the time. We both have great memories of those days.
The next couple of hours flew by while we shared college stories, caught up on life, met family, and had some tasty burgers. Even though my friend and I are from different backgrounds, I felt totally at home and like I was part of the family. I know he would be equally welcome with my family as well.
Today was a great reminder to me of the importance of friendship. It was a reminder to me of the need to be a better friend to all my friends. It was a reminder that, no matter how far apart we live, no matter our background or political affiliation, friends are much more important.
The great thing about Facebook, is that it connects us with people we knew from years ago and allows us to keep in touch with each other’s lives. The sad thing about Facebook, is that, through evolution and time, it has become a replacement to authentic relationships and spending time with friends outside of the comforts of our home.
I don’t know about you, but if it weren’t for the Mrs., I would probably be more of a hermit than I am now. It’s funny how that sense of isolation has crept up in my life. I’ve never really been that way before. In fact, I was known to be more of the social one. I will say that working from home, as great as that can be at times, does contribute to the ‘hermit’ factor.
I know my friend and I will see each other again soon and I’m looking forward to sharing my family with him as well. We never truly know what a friendship means to the other person, but, after 32 years if there’s still that joy of being around them, then I think that’s a good sign it meant something special.
Today, here’s to old friends. If you’re reading this and are one of those friends from ORU back in the day, I would love to catch-up with you as well. Dallas is a big place, but never too big to get a coffee or lunch sometime.
For me and the Mrs., we need to get some time on the calendar with our friends nearby (you know who you are) because it’s been too long since we got together. I’ll fall on the sword and say that it’s probably more my lack of energy than the Mrs. So, be expecting to hear from us sometime soon…
Love always friends,