Is there anything better for our emotional well-being than catching up with a long-lost friend? It’s better than therapy!
“You can go through life and make new friends every year – every month practically – but there was never any substitute for those friendships of childhood that survive into adult years. Those are the ones in which we are bound to one another with hoops of steel.”
― Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Through the magic of Facebook, last night I reconnected (in person) with a woman I first met in 1977 at our college orientation! She was the first person I met college and we quickly became good friends. Then we graduated and went our separate ways. I hadn’t seen or communicated with her in decades. We connected a few years back on Facebook. Come to find out she travels to my area frequently, and we decided to meet for dinner.
What a great reunion! We laughed when we saw each other and said, “How do you catch up on 30 years?” Well we did our best, laughing, talking, and sharing a bottle of wine …. It was as if the years hadn’t intervened and we were right back in our dorm room!
It is truly wonderful to reconnect with someone who once held a special place in your life. To me, rekindling an old friendship fills in gaps in my life. I feel more complete. Letting a friendship wane is like leaving a loose thread dangling. Meeting up with an old friend, sharing stories of our lives, and knowing that we will stay close this time, sews up a hole in my psyche.
I feel like I’ve been given a second chance to get close to my friend and go forward together.
“I think if I’ve learned anything about friendship, it’s to hang in, stay connected, fight for them, and let them fight for you. Don’t walk away, don’t be distracted, don’t be too busy or tired, don’t take them for granted. Friends are part of the glue that holds life and faith together. Powerful stuff.”
― Jon Katz