Friday, June 3, 2011

Golden Friendships

"Make new friends but keep the old! One is silver and the other's gold!"--Girl Scout Song

Today I had the pleasure of seeing a dear old friend that I hadn't seen since 1996! Plenty has happened in both our lives during all those years we lost touch. There's been divorces, financial challenges, cancer battles, parental deaths, boyfriends and ex-boyfriends, as well as a remarriage. We will both share the joyful occasion of her daughter's wedding coming this fall. Whew, did we have alot to talk about! And even though two hours wasn't nearly enough, it's a start to renewing a wonderful friendship that I realize I missed so much.

My dear friend Allison has grown even more beautiful with time. It was such a treat to see how the ups and downs of life have made her more gracious and poised as she has matured. Old friends are like blood relatives. They remember who you were way back in the day. You don't need to put on airs, you don't need to explain. Having an old friend around is like sitting cuddled on the couch watching your favorite TV show while eating comfort food. Pure contentment.

For those of you who have lost touch with an old friend, find them. Search on Facebook. Do whatever it takes. Because once you do, you will find out picking up where you left off is as easy as slipping into an old shoe. You will remember why that person became your best friend in the first place. And it will be so much fun to laugh, reminisce and shed a tear together. There's nothing like the joy of reconnecting with an old friend. That's why Allison and I made a promise to each other that we will never lose touch again.

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