You know how sometimes, without even meaning too, you lose touch with someone from your past? We all have friends that are that way or pastimes that have ended, even though we do not want them to do so. You keep meaning to get in touch, you keep meaning to visit, you keep meaning to reconnect. But somehow you always run out of time, you never quite make it, you never remember.
I’ve been guilty of this just as much as the next person. Girls that I grew up with that I have then disconnected with. Girls that I was thick as thieves with in college and then haven’t spoken to but a handful of times in the last five years–if that much. (J, this means you!) Girls that I miss horribly as we did everything together for years. Girls that I stood up for as they got married, sometimes more than once come to think of it. I am not the greatest at keeping in touch, I will freely admit, as once I come home I usually do not want to speak to anyone since i am on the phone/computer all day. One of my closest friends I praise all the time–we met at a conference ages ago (ten years? Good grief, C, has it really been that long?) and if it weren’t for the fact that she was a master of IM while at work I probably would have sent an email or two and then she would have been lost in the shuffle. I’m so thankful that she is good where I am not, and that we have kept in touch all this time.
Just as much as people, there are aspects of my life that I miss as well. I can spend hours reading a book, that much is a given. When I was a kid if there was any spare time I had my nose buried in a book. Still do, as a matter of fact. It one of the best forms of escapism. Not to mention that the used bookstore and I have a long history, not to mention a big credit! But it’s been almost ten years since I checked a book out of a library.
I’d forgotten how much enjoyment can be found–and marveled at the advances that have occurred. When I worked in one as a teenager it was all about the microfiche. Granted, I know that’s now as ancient as the card catalog, but it shocked me when I saw how many were on them. Then again, the last time I was in a library it didn’t have a restaurant in it as well. (Did I mention that the overhaul produced a beautiful building??) I can’t wait to really get into the place and have fun.
I may not be in touch with all of my best friends from when I was a kid, but I’m glad I reconnected with this one.