In March, when I made my annual trek down to Alabama for a cousins reunion - our 9th consecutive year! - Elizabeth Champion drove a short distance from her home to meet up with me in the rural town where we have our annual reunion. While I like to say that I hadn't seen her in "50 years", she reminded me, "it is actually more than 50 years!" Oh, come on. . . I'm not THAT old!
I was amazed that after all these years, we picked up right where we left off! The conversation flowed nonstop and neither of us were at a loss for words!!! She said her husband asked her, "She's not a liberal, is she?" PERISH THAT THOUGHT! Not everyone in New York State subscribes to that _________ (expletive deleted!)
Just last week, another long time friend who I hadn't seen in decades, Sandy Graves, and her husband made a special trip to Rochester from Philadelphia to see me. Talk about an ego boost! I was in their wedding 49 years ago this summer.
Sandy and Elizabeth were in Rainbow Girls with me back in the early 60's. The Rainbow organization is a branch of the Masonic Order for girls.
You know, life can throw you curve balls and things don't always go the way you plan. But there is nothing like an old friend that makes a special effort to catch up with you. Kinda reminds me of the old Brownie Scout song I sang so many years ago:
Make new friends,
But keep the old.
One is silver
and the other is gold.