Today I was fortunate enough to meet a good friend of mine from law school for lunch. I have not seen this friend since 2006, as she left for her home in California upon graduation so going on visits did not seem too logical, especially considering the 6 figure law school debt both of us carry. She was one of my closest friends back then as we both struggled through those tough three years in Dayton. We both went through our own trials and tribulations, and I was blessed enough to be there as her coach as she gave birth to a son our first year. See, she was accepted to law school and was ready to go when she discovered she was pregnant. The father? Pretty much not worth much, so she left on her own, went to school, had a child and finished school. Seriously. Since her mom could not get there right away the night she went into labor, I was the one who picked her up in the middle of the night and stayed with her as she was in labor and gave birth. So yeah, we bonded needless to say.
It was random, but it was so much fun. I noticed she was in town for the Indy 500 for the very first time, and I messaged her on Facebook saying we should meet for lunch while she is here. And somehow (which is super unusual for me) it worked out. Yay!
I was a little bit nervous, I have to admit. I hadn't seen her in ages, so would we be able to talk like nothing had changed?
Sure we would. But her son? Holy cow, the kid is 10 now and is just a few inches shorter than me! Talk about enough to make you feel old, you know? It's just amazing to see this young man. It seems like just yesterday he was a small baby.
It is amazing how much things change but with certain friends it's like they never really have changed. The lunch with her made me realize how much I miss so many of my friends with whom I have lost touch. I want to do something about that. Granted, with my job, writing, studying for the broker's exam and well...yeah, you know my family? T and Aubrey? (I probably should have started with that, right?), I'm not hoping for a miracle, but I really want to put some effort in this. Will the contact be reciprocated? Maybe not, but I'm going to try. Because sometimes reconnecting with an old friend is just what you need.