Thursday, January 26, 2012

High School friends

Lawrence High School in Cedarhurst, N.Y.
                                                                    
I just got back from dinner with an old friend.  Actually we are "new" friends.  You see we went to high school together but were not really friends in high school.  I knew who Ann was but we were not friends.  We found out that we had mutual friends back in high school.
 Well, fast forward forty years.  Yes forty years.  This coming  October is my 40th year High School reunion.  I find that very hard to believe especially since I am only 35! (guess I'm lying a little.)  Well to get things going for our reunion a committee was formed and a facebook page was started.  One by one people are joining our school page.  Most names we haven't heard in years.  It's funny, back in high school we were friends in groups.  I guess it is like that even now for high school kids.  There are always clicks of friends.  Now forty years later there are no clicks or groups.  We are all friends.  And it is really nice!
So I've been talking to my classmates and reminiscing. We all have a common bond.  We spent our high school years together.  We were hippies, flower children, Viet Nam War protestors, bra burners and privileged to listen to the best music ever!
Where do you begin to talk after forty years.  We talked about previous high school reunions.  I went to the ten year reunion.  Ann went to the thirty year.  We talked about our old friends.  Who we were friends with in high school.  Who we have spoken to or seen recently.  We talked about all the talk on facebook.  We talked about our children, our families, our jobs. We talked about what nostalgia we could contribute to our upcoming reunion powerpoint for everyone to enjoy.
I brought an album of nostalgia that somehow I had saved over the years through all the moves that I have made.  We looked through the album and reminisced. I had a calendar from 1971-1972 among other things.  I saved my original playbill from "Hair."  I was telling Ann about one of my high school friends that I have been searching for and cannot find.
We weren't friends in high school and forty years have passed but we had so much to talk about.
At the end of dinner we both said what a great time we had and that we would get together again very soon.  And almost at the same time we both said that the older we get the more that we realize how important it is to have girlfriends.  Ladies, it is so important.  We have so much in common and we need each other's friendship and support.  So, call an old friend from high school and go for dinner.  You will be so happy that you did!

p.s. I look forward to being with all of my classmates again!!!

8 comments:

  1. When I met Janie around my 50th birthday I thought what a treat; to find a friend at 50! A girlfriend who "gets" me is a gift I treasure and nurture. Sometimes life gives you a gift of finding a friend in strange places. Thanks for sharing, Elyse.

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    1. Ann, how special it is to find a friend! And it could happen at any age. And like we said the older we get the more important it is to have friends!!! xoxo

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  2. Fantastic - nicely said - and how true. Hope to see you all soon. Dawn
    (PS - Elyse - I know I registered to follow, because I get this email every day. I don't mean to comment as Anonymous, but I don't understand why I can't "Comment as" myself?)

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    1. Hi Dawn, Thank you so much for your comment. The reason is that you have to "join this site" with google friends connect. If you do not have a gmail they will walk you thru it. Takes a few seconds. I would love for you to join! Look forward to seeing you soon!!! xoxo elyse

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  3. Oh, how true, Elyse! I didn't feel very connected to anyone in high school...and now I am SO happy to have you all in my life again! Thank you for sharing your dinner with Ann - I felt like I was there too!

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    1. Sandi, We are so lucky that we all have each other. Our year was special and I think that we are feeling it now more than ever. Last nite we were ALL having dinner together. I can't wait to see you!!!!! If you get a chance please join my site on the first page of the blog. I would love for you to be a follower! I always have your positive words with me!!! xoxo

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  4. Elyse, it sounds like you and Ann had a wonderful time rediscovering each other again. And I know exactly what you mean about being friendly in High School but becoming "friends" now through fb. I would have loved to be there to reminiscence with both of you. Maybe next time ok? xoxo. Mindy

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  5. Hi Mindy, we really had a nice evening reminiscing. We could have talked for hours more! Please come next time!!!!! I would love to see you!!!xoxo elyse

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