I don’t know how it happened and I don’t know how to fix it but I am extremely dysfunctional. I used to be great at keeping in touch with people who I don’t see daily but since college I have let go of some really great friendships. On one note, I made a point of not visiting my hometown because I didn’t want to go home. I love my hometown because of the people, not my home though. I loved college freedom and that was squelched when I came home.
There were a handful of great high school friends who I have given up on calling or messaging because it’s just been so long. I haven’t been home at all between summer because I made a point not to be. Since high school I know that I have changed a lot and I know that my good high school friends have too. I thought we would always be friends but if it weren’t for facebook I never would have known even what they were up to.
Julie lost her dad last fall and is engaged to a great guy who we knew from high school. She is still in school getting her second associates in a different field. I’ve probably talked to her about 8 or 9 times since high school graduation. I really miss her, she was my first friend when I moved to that town in 8th grade and we were best friends until graduation.
Anne is with a cute guy (who I’ve never met officially, but I saw him at a leadership conference once) and we went to college in the same town! She studied something like International Studies or International Business. I saw her once because she was kind enough to pick me up from the airport and drive me home (it was an hour’s drive so that’s a big deal). She is wonderful. I miss her because she was always so lighthearted and fun.
Jen went to New Orleans to go to school, she is still there, I think. She studied business. I haven’t seen her since graduation. She studied abroad is Spain, I think, and traveled around Europe a bit. I always looked up to Jen because she was so independent and if she wanted to do something she would do whatever it took to make it happen. She is a really hard worker. I miss her, I wish I was more like her sometimes.
Sara is dating a guy who is ridiculously good looking from her college, I think, and she got her degree in Art. She was always great at that. The last time I saw her was when Anne picked me up from the airport, we went to Sara’s house briefly and said hello. She was a dancing partner of mine in a musical we did senior year, there was one move that I would constantly screw up and she would pick on me about it. I always thought she was so cool. I miss her!
Donnelle is one other person who I think about often from high school. We hung out off and on throughout high school. I admired her because she would proudly stand up for what she thought was right. In high school she became a vegetarian and I think she had been an atheist for a while. She moved to Florida to go to school and studied Environmental Studies and Political Science. I admire her, she is doing to do great things with life. I miss her too.
There were other people who meant a lot to me, but these ones stand out right now.
While I was writing this, my high school ex-boyfriend messaged me to let me know our beloved choir and musical director passed away. She was a very sweet woman and I regret never stopping by to see how things were going.
Note to self: Keep in touch.