Being an only child, I’ve always cherished special moments spent with friends. I consider myself so much blessed to have had a lot of them. And I mean both, special moments and friends…..
A strange thing happens when true friendship is involved…some time can pass, even months can pass, but with true friends, no matter what, the conversation seems to restart exactly from where it finished.
Some of us usually talk on the phone, some use e-mails, a few of us meet regularly for a drink….but it was over a year since the last 5^ D class reunion, all together……..as always the country home of S. was the right place to be. Some of us met for lunch (and as usual the food could have fed an army), the others arrived in time for coffee and desserts and to catch up with the latest news…..
We met the first time at 15, our first year of high school. Excluding a bunch of people we lost along the way who never fit in, the core of us, around twenty, are still in love with each other. And I’m not using the word “love” superficially…..
Over the years, unfortunately we lost a couple of friends, S. to a devastating illness and E. to a car crash after weeks in hospital, and I hope that our loving and constant presence was a real comfort to them when facing their future. I know for sure that our support was deeply appreciated by R. and L. when both of them went through a distressing divorce and every one of us was there to help A. deal with the unexpected loss of her husband. Now we are close to D. in her second fight with breast cancer and I’m happy to say that she’s doing great.
We all were there everytime one of us lost a parent or a sibling…..
Luckily we had the chance to meet up for happy occasions too, weddings, births, christenings and birthdays….We had parties for promotions and new jobs, as well as a retirement. With the new technologies we can stay in touch also with a copule of us living one in Peru and the other in France….we have a group on WhatsApp and it’s very hard to stay updated with the amount of messages I got everyday!
The most amazing thing that hit me last sunday while looking around at all those dear faces, was that it seemed no time has passed, for me we are still in our teens, all of us happy to be together (and the jokes and laughters were plentiful!) all of us still looking forwards tomorrow and what it can bring. We laughed and talked a lot, sharing old memories, but there were also lots of hugs, kisses and intertwined hands. We fixed next time for later this fall……one thing is certain, we’ll find our love for each other still there and intact…