old friends

When I was contemplating surgery, my mortality loomed up so close it nearly broke my nose. Now, it doesn’t take much for me to fret over my impending doom, but the fact that I was faced with a real and present risk of dying on a specific day was unnerving and scary and made my eyes leak tears without warning.

To be utterly cliche, since surviving death by surgeon, I’ve been thinking a lot about the past and the people who were part of mine. I’ve never been a gregarious person, being way too shy to collect a large group of friends, so thinking back on who I missed and wanted to get in touch with took very little time. I basically came up with only one person. So today I searched the phone book and called.

And she answered.

And it was wonderful to talk to her again and I truly hope we can stay in each other’s lives for good this time. Or for at least as long as we are here.

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One response to “old friends

  • Anonymous

    Wow! That’s great! I recently had a similar experience.
    I have very few childhood friends that I still keep in contact with, but recently I reconnected with someone I went to grade school with. I had attended her wedding, and her husband was the envy of all of us who were still single. He had a great sense of humor and seemed to really, really cherish Patty.
    About 15 years ago or so, Patty’s husband got transferred to the Orlando, Florida region, and I pretty much lost touch with her. Unfortunately, her mom’s death brought her back to the area for the funeral. I got to spend the last 3 hours or so with her, before she headed to the airport to return to Florida. It was incredible…we talked to each other the way we used to talk in the schoolyard. I was always able to talk about feelings with her — and I realized for the first time that day how few people I can talk to like that.
    Anyway, don’t know what happened, but she and her “perfect” husband got divorced a couple of years ago, and she’s trying to make it on her own. She has a lot of health problems, too. So I’m glad I can be a little support, even at a distance.
    Here’s to old friends!
    –Barbara

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