Some would think a winter trip to Florida requires no more reason than to escape the grip of winter. True,
This trip was also intended for reuniting, and meeting, some long time friends,. Some of which go back 40 years, one in particular that goes back 49 years. All the way to our early teenage years, when I became the somewhat adopted son that blended in so well with her family.
In time she married, I married, we went our separate ways. A few years later her brother died, and I lost all contact with the family. A few years ago she contacted me to see if I was interested in doing lunch. We did, exchanging business cards, and off we went. Back to our lives in opposite ends of the country. I emailed her a month later, but no response.
Recently I found her on Facebook. It took modern technology for us to finally rekindle our friendship, and catch up on the past 4 plus decades.
These are special bonds between people. The ability to drop out of their lives for years at a time, yet when you come together you become closer than you ever were. Today we are from two different planets, our lives so dramatically different. No matter, we are still the best and closest of friends who can sit for hours and share memories and experiences. Where life has taken us, what our hopes and dreams for the future are.
This evening I will be meeting another friend, one whom I’ve yet to see in person. Six years we’ve been writers for the same blog, The Fun Times Guide. Me about RV’s and him about Coins and Weather.
Tomorrow a stop in Northern Florida to reunite with the brother of my old Coast Guard roommate. We all used to ride dirt bikes in the mountains of Virginia back in the 70’s.
Yes, this has been a grand trip. It’s all about friends, both old and new!