Taking a Break in #Canada. 5

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.

High School.

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.

In Person.

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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Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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