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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Keep the old.

I had the opportunity to drive to and from Logan yesterday. I've never made the drive by myself, so I was nervous. It's possible that Kev thought I'd call him halfway through the drive crying because I was lost.

I didn't.

The drive up was beautiful and I'm glad I was able to visit with old friends. I think I'm really lucky to have people in my life who knew me back in the day. It's nice to have some history with some of your friends. It's nice not having to explain much about the past, and to have some relationships that allow for comfortable silences and old jokes.

I met Emilie, Joey and Chelane on the Internet. Isn't that crazy? I was living in Maine again for high school, and they were going to high school with friends I'd known before moving back to Maine. We all started chatting on Quick Dots, which is an estremely old social networking site that I don't think exists anymore. When I went to Utah during high school to visit my old friends and attend my older brother's missionary homecoming, I actually got to meet my Internet friends in person.

Although my interactions with them have been fairly casual since we were 14, I'm still grateful for them. I still have all the letters Joey sent me while he was an LDS missionary in Kentucky and I was living in Utah again, going to Weber.

It was lovely to spend a few hours with them on Saturday. I like to reconnect and reminisce about the good ol' days before we knew how hard growing up would really be.

Do you have old friends like this? Friends who know everything about you and love you anyway? Friends who started out as penpals? It's fun to remember how some people came into your life, isn't it?

4 comments:

  1. i agree... i don't think there is anything more comforting than being with people who know your history (and still love you all the same). i love getting together with the friends i've had for years, although i do not do it nearly enough.

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  2. Thats funny! I have a friend that I met on Myspace and then we decided to meet in person one late night at Beto's (don't worry I know he was not crazy because it turns out his brother was a high school friend of mine) anyway we always stayed great friends and me and Scotty hang out with him and his wife on occasion! Pretty schweet...

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  3. i constantly count myself lucky that i have such amazing long-time friends. my little 5 and 6 year old self had no idea what friends i was making at the time, and no idea they'd have such long reaching effects.

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  4. Meeting strangers at Betos is the best!

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