Old friends
Friday February 11th 2011, 12:25 am
Filed under: Family,Friends

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My dad has an old high school friend who lives in the area and they were looking forward to getting to see each other before the folks leave.

She called yesterday; she knew my health situation, she’s lived through her own and gets it (she would anyway, but, just saying) and she had woken up with a cold. She was very disappointed but wasn’t about to expose me.

Well crum.

After making sure today that she herself was up to it, we decided I would drop the folks off at her house and come back later and get them. I’d love to see her too, anytime–she’s a dear woman. But sometimes you deal with how things are rather than how you want them.

I came back at the appointed hour and pulled out a book in the car, picture windows above me where they would be sitting, hoping to be conspicuously preoccupied so they could keep talking if they wanted to. It was a good try.

She came down the front steps with my parents, the very picture of graciousness; I stepped out of the car and got to see her a little bit after all. And then we gave each other goofy air hugs from a distance. She sent us home with leftover mango mousse. Good stuff.

She and Dad can tell you that being nice to others when you’re a teenager (or at any other age) has lifelong effects and brings a joy that is far beyond what any kid could ever begin to be able to see coming.

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Friendships are golden. I have renewed a few of mine,a good friend in Alabama, was the first. Happy memories.

Comment by kris 02.11.11 @ 6:37 am

Indeed real friendships are golden. We may have many friends, but the close ones are those that can last a lifetime.

No, Parker, that is not the boogy man.

Comment by Don Meyer 02.11.11 @ 9:56 am

Beautiful. What a wonderful woman to have in all of your lives!

Comment by Channon 02.11.11 @ 11:33 am

I love your stories, Alison! Wish they came with mango mousse, too.

Comment by LynnM 02.11.11 @ 12:21 pm

And it is so nice to have friends who knew you when you were a younger person, whether they are your age or not.

Comment by twinsetellen 02.12.11 @ 7:12 am

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