It takes a little bit of effort to re-connect with people.
There are always so many other things that seem to get in the way of it.
Your friends from the past… they keep popping up in your head…you think of them… you remember them…. you wonder how they are and hope that they’re healthy and happy… and in your head, you really, really want to re-connect with them.
The problem is, this stuff just happens in your head.
You get busy. Or something else takes your attention away. Or you promise yourself that you’ll do it tomorrow. But somehow, it just doesn’t come together.
Then, one day it does!
You manage to re-connect.
And it’s awesome.
You pick up right where you left off. (Even though that was like 5 or 10 or 15 years ago; neither of you can really remember exactly how long it’s been…)
And the experience leaves you so energized and happy.
You remember all the wonderful things you loved about the person. You also get to remember the things that drove you bananas. ;-)
For those precious minutes that you’re together, you both get to travel back in time. Together you visit the past that you shared. And as you do, you see it through each other’s eyes. And you remember it more clearly. It becomes richer, more vivid, and somehow … it feels closer in time.
You both get to indulge in the people you used to be. And, walk forward, to catch each other up on the people you’ve become.
Growing older has some downsides. But one of the huge upsides is that there are so many people with whom you’ve had the chance to share something special.
And when you find the time to re-connect …. well, you get to have that something special all over again.
Today I re-connected with Betsy. It was awesome. It was so, so awesome.
And it made me thirsty for more…
p.s. for the record, Betsy doesn’t do anything to drive me bananas.
p.p.s. the title of this post is inspired by the Beautiful Penelope and is taken from the works of Mary Russell Mitford, the poet, playwright, novelist and essayist born in Hampshire England on December 16, 1787.