Trip to Niagara.
How does it feel to see a friend you have not seen since high school? Well, 35 years of not seeing someone can be weird. This meeting was not so awkward since late 2018 Janet and I connected on Instagram. Oddly enough the pandemic brought us together. She has continued to be my friend/editor and due to all the circumstances, we have not met up.
So, this meeting was not awkward at all. Mostly because Janet edits and reads all my blogs, all 290 of them. I had set out a goal to write a blog each day for a year. Thus, she knows what has happened in my life for nearly a year. Before that, she edited and read some of the books I have written over the years. This led to daily conversations, so when we sat down in the wonderful spaceship we had lunch at, nothing was weird.
Little did we know that when we were in our 50s, we would connect in Niagara Falls. We went to school at Mayfield Secondary School. The school that was in the middle of farmers’ fields and surrounded by cows has changed considerably.
The area that was many kilometers away from the nearest store is now a stone’s throw away from a Walmart, bank, and strip mall. Times sure have changed. Yet sitting down for a meal with Janet was great. We didn’t need to catch up, we didn’t need to explain 35 years of our lives to each other.
Oddly enough it was very ordinary, despite not being on the phone messaging or emailing. There was no catching up. It was the continuation of many conversations we have had over the years and then some.
Sure, we all know that meeting in person was and still is the most fun and the most normal way to meet. Yet we were not strangers, to begin with. There was a massive time gap between our meeting in High School and now, but little has changed in the past few years.
We all managed to survive and stay alive through this COVID bull shit. We all made it to the point where we can see each other smile once more.
So, meeting in person was fun, no doubt seeing the expression on a person’s face is by far a preferred experience. There was not much we could say during our lunch that would have been new. My son came along and even that was normal because my son knew about my editor/friend Janet, and she knew about my son. Sure, we shared a few stories from high school with my son and shook our heads about how times have changed. Mostly we found out that very little has changed and we are pretty much the same people we were in high school, but older.
Lunch came and went but it was not like saying goodbye. It’s more like ok let’s continue where we left off. Bye, bye and take care.
Off we go.
The next hour or so when I sent over the next bunch of blogs, it was back to normal. Messaging on the phone and continuing our conversation without skipping a beat.
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