College is great. You get to meet lots of really cool people, many of whom become friends. However, college also means that you are probably moving away from many of your childhood and high school friends.
I’ve been lucky. I’ve been able to keep in contact with a few of my best friends from my previous life experiences. I just got off the phone with my best friend from kindergarten– after I moved away we were able to keep in contact with each other, and she is still one of my best friends almost 15 years later. I still talk frequently with my best friend from middle school. She goes to school near the cities, and I am planning on visiting her one weekend this spring. It’s awesome to have a friend from one of the awkward-est times of my life… we’ve had many walks down memory lane that are both mortifying and hilarious. 🙂 I am still in contact with a few friends from high school as well… a few are fellow Cobbers (an added bonus! :)) and one goes to school out of state. We were in choir together and performed in/worked on musicals and plays… we had some really great times.
It’s important to move forward, but every now and again it is nice to sit down and laugh about something that happened five years ago. It is nice to look into the face of an old friend and see the history– all your shared experiences, all the time you’ve known them. It’s wonderful to go, “Hey, remember when…?” and launch into a story.
Tonight I am going back to my old high school to see a musical– The Wizard of Oz. I suspect this will be a bit bittersweet… It will be crazy to see some of the kids who are younger than me be suddenly grown up. I haven’t been back to my high school in nearly a year, and I’m sure some of it will be strangely the same and some of it will be completely different. That’s the thing with life… it moves on. The thing with friends– while they are moving on and creating awesome futures for themselves, a part of them will always be frozen in history… in those fond memories that come to the surface every time you see them.