I am fortunate to have these two special friends in my life. This year, after once again reconnected through Christmas cards, I was happy to have had the opportunity to visit with them when Michael and I made our trip down to Long Island.
It’s difficult keeping in touch after moves, divorces, illnesses, and time passing by, but there are just some friends, you know who they are, who will always be friend for they possess a special place in your heart.
Peter and Maureen are long time friends of the family, they were the generation in between me and my parents and growing up in Levittown, we spent a lot of time in their company at my parents house, through all my adolescent years. It wasn’t until we were saying our good-byes this visit that I realized and said “You guys were like my big brother and big/little sister”, being much taller than Maureen, I affectionately added.
In the car going home Michael commented “I didn’t realize they were older than you. I always thought they were your friends from high school.” For Michael, Peter and Maureen were neighbor’s of ours in Massapequa, their daughter was in Michael’s grade growing up and her parent’s were my dear friends from the past.
Michael was surprised as our conversation went from his grandparents, his great aunts and uncles, to his aunt and uncle: my brother and sister, his estranged father, his step-father, then his brother and sisters, and Phyllis my childhood friend. ‘Wow, these people know the whole family!’ We spoke of their children, and we spoke of people he didn’t know: their extended family. To Michael’s surprise, I share a history with them of thirty-five years. And Peter would point out to Michael that he knew me, his mother when I was twelve years old, before he even met his wife.
There we were, Michael all grown up now, the next generation, hanging out with Peter and Maureen. Now, that’s what I call “Priceless”.
Did you take the time to reconnect with those special people from your past this holiday season? Will you promise to reward yourself with their presence in the New Year?