Sunday, February 21, 2010

It seems like only yesterday...

that I graduated High School. That I said goodbye to friends I'd spent minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years with and set out on a new journey. My own journey. Without them.

Now, here we are... 2010. Ten years ago, can it be? TEN YEARS! We're all over the country now. Some of my closest friends, people who I spent minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years with... are strangers now. We said we'd keep in touch, but times change, people change, life changes and goes on.

Granted, there are others. The ones I kept in touch with. Whom I still talk to. Who I may only see once every few years. But the connection is there. It's like we were never apart. Those are the real friendships. The ones you cherish. The ones that are hard to find, but are so worth holding onto.

There are also those who I have recently reconnected with, thanks in part to today's technology. Without facebook and blogging I wouldn't know anything about what is happening in their lives. I have especially enjoyed reconnecting through blogging. Some people who I wasn't even friends with, people with whom I had classes with, or just saw in the hallways are now people who I love to read up on. Their pregnancies, children, jobs, relationships, photographs, day to day lives. I feel connected to them. I love reading the comments they leave me and I love their advice.

And now things are starting to come full circle. Our ten year High School reunion is this year. TEN YEARS! When did we get so old? I've always said that I would not go to my reunion. What was the point, I thought? I keep in touch with the people that I want to... But now, I'm not so sure. Yes, I live 1400 miles away. Yes, it would be an expensive trip home. Yes, we probably don't have the money for it. But, I want to see these ladies. I want to meet their children, see their weight loss successes in person, talk to them about how their pregnancies were, and just connect with them on a level more intimate than a computer screen. I want to hug them and thank them for keeping me company through my pregnancy and for giving me something to read at 1 am when I am up with the baby. I look forward to reading their blogs, to see what they've been up to. I don't think they realize how much I enjoy their company.

So, now the question is... will I go to the reunion? Because after all these are women that I have spent minutes, hours, days, weeks, months and almost a year reading up on... Wouldn't it be nice to see them in person?

~Emily

This post is dedicated to Melody, Ms. Musings, Tudor Rosy, Tricia, Elizabeth and Carly.

9 comments:

  1. Emily,
    I have some of the same feelings. I could not wait to get out when we graduated HS, but now I think about going back for the reunion. I hear you on the expensive weekend! I have really enjoyed reading all about Aidan and seeing all of the cute pictures! So glad that we can keep in touch through blogging!

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  2. I used to say the exact same thing: I wasn't going to go to my reunion because everyone I wanted to keep in touch with, I would (and, for the most part, did).

    But it's amazing what happens in 10 years: I've sort of forgotten all the reasons I didn't want to go, and while I do still see my friends from HS, there are all these other women I've reconnected with through blogs and such that I want to see now. So, I have a feeling I'll be going and I hope you do, too!

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  3. You made my day! You know, I think part of the reason I will probably end up going to our reunion is because of blogging; it's reconnected me with people or even connected me for the first time! I hope you'll make the trip; I need to give that precious little Aiden a hug (although that will do NOTHING for my baby fever!).

    ~Elizabeth

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  4. Such a sweet post! Yes, you should definitely come to our reunion! I want to see you and meet those two important men in your life. :-) I can't believe it's been 10 years!

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  5. Just visiting from Texas Blogging Gals- I say yes- go!!! I have met some incredible ladies via blogs and when I get to meet them in person, it is as if we have known each other for years!!

    Please visit- I have a great giveaway that you might like with a new little one!!

    ~Becca

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  6. I am even considering coming to the reunion from Sweden. Oy! But seriously, thank you for that lovely, heart-felt post. I love your blog as it gives me a window into your life. I am so excited for this new phase you are entering as a Mom! Keep writing and I'll keep reading! Hugs to you from the icy North!

    //Cecily

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  7. IDK I probabley would but of course I live about 2 miles from my old high school! but if there r people you would like to see i would make the effort

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  8. How did I miss this post? You're so sweet! I'm amazed at this bloggy world and how it reunites and connects some of us from HHS on a whole new level. :) Yes, go to the reunion! I'm (surprisingly) more excited about this one than my 5 year college one last year (that I didn't attend). Should be interesting to see what they've planned. :)

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  9. I'm with you on this one-- we're excited to go! Isn't it nice that we didn't have a 5 year reunion? At 5 years, it might have felt like a drag. Or we'd all think we were too cool to go. But now, how great is it that there seems to be a lot of anticipation for the event? Hudson was a great place full of great people, and I like to be reminded of that. A reunion will be tons of fun. And hey- for those of us who have kiddos of our own and who still have parents in the area: FREE BABYSITTING!

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