Not all friends
Stay with us for life;
Some appear when we need them
Only to drift away again.
They see us through seasons,
Give a shoulder or a hand-
Strength when we need it.
When a season passes,
And our friend is gone,
We might not see through the sadness,
The possibility of a new dawn.
I got the best Christmas gift ever this year. It doesn’t fit in a box…didn’t cost a dime…can’t be shopped for at the store. I bet you’d never guess in a million years what it is. We survived the Mayan apocalypse, but I’m fairly certain none of us will be here in a million years, so I’ll just end the suspense now: I am back in touch with a lost friend. Not just any friend: Holly- the one credited in my ‘About’ page with introducing me to poetry (which has led to story and novel writing).
How it happened is so crazy, I still can’t believe it.
Someone recently left a comment on my blog that made me question if I knew this person. Curiosity prompted me to channel my inner cyber-stalker and I emailed him a few questions. He responded and his answers proved this was someone I knew in high school – over twenty years ago! It turns out that he stayed in contact with Holly, and passed my email info along to her. She emailed me right away.
Since that day, Holly and I have sent a flurry of emails back and forth, exchanged family photos, reminisced, and tried to catch up on over twenty years of life. Neither one of us can remember why we lost contact- there wasn’t a falling out of any kind. She lives far away from me, but we plan to keep in touch, at least through email. We hope to manage a visit into our schedules (and budgets).
This whole thing is so amazing to me because I don’t have a strong online presence. I don’t do Facebook, I don’t Twitter, and it’s not like this is a mega blog viewed by thousands. If my old friend had not stumbled upon my blog or commented using his real name, none of this would have happened.
But he did. So this Christmas, I have been re-gifted not one, but two old friends! Yes, I have two more blessings to count today.
What was your best Christmas present ever? Do you have a gift you wish you never would have received? Have you been reunited with old friends through your blog?