Messages for Madeline #2

Madeline,

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

So last week, I talked about old friends and new friends.  I want to expand on that a little this week.  When I was a teenager, I was eager to get out of this small town and see the world.  I wasn’t very good about keeping up with old friends.  Now, 30 years later, I really regret that.

My best friend when I was growing up was Jenni.  She lived about a block and a half away from me and if I wasn’t at her house, she was at mine.  Always.  We would play weeks-long games of Monopoly.  We loved playing the game Life, too.  Her mom was our Girl Scout leader- I talked about that a little last week.  I miss Jenni.

girl scout photo

This photo was taken at Girl Scout camp one year, if I remember correctly.  Top row left to right: Kim C., Karen H..  Bottom row left to right: Me, Jenni P..

In the last few years of high school I let our friendship slide in favor of hanging out with my boyfriend.  After graduation, we went our separate ways.  There were a few letters and a couple calls over the years but life happens and we lost touch.

Around 13 years after high school I found out she lived near Saint Louis.  I was traveling through there once so I called and arranged a visit with her.  It was so great to see her after that many years.  But again, we each had our own lives that didn’t intersect and we tried to keep in touch (with email this time, which was much easier).  We were in touch more often but still, after a few years the emails dwindled to yearly Christmas cards with family photos and eventually there was no contact again.  I searched for her occasionally on Facebook since that is by far the easiest way to keep in touch but I could never find an account for her.  Then a few days ago I received a notification on Facebook that she had created an account.  I was so excited to finally have the option to keep up with her life and stay in touch with her.  But, she has her account locked down and isn’t even receiving messages.

I’m telling you all this so you don’t make the same mistakes I did.  Sort of like an older sister who’s “been there, done that” trying to help you navigate all the parts of life that you don’t really think about.

Anyway, I hope to hear from you again soon, Maddie.  I don’t have any messages for you but I think you’ve probably heard from everyone already.  So, have a great week!

Your friend,

Lisa @ Days of Our Lives blog

 

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