We all get busy in our lives after high school - with college, work, marriage, children, LIFE. If you live in the town you grew up in, you occasionally run into people you knew from high school or the people you hung out with. Its great to be able to spend some time reminiscing and catching up. If you're lucky, there are a few that you've kept in touch with regularly. The others you may connect with via social media and follow each others lives, commenting on photos and sending birthday wishes every year. But the sad reality is that these people usually don't make it to our present to any real extent. They become snippets in our current lives. But the memories from all those years ago of the good times are still vivid, held close and thought of so very fondly. Go to a high school football game sometime - the cool, crisp fall air, the roar of the crowd, the teenagers wandering around - you will be transported back in time instantly. The fun, the laughter, the energy, the friendship - all of it - brought back, just like it was yesterday.
This is especially true when one of those dear people leaves this earth, which happened unexpectedly to my friends and I the other day. The first one from our group to pass on. It seems surreal. I can't tell you the amount of grief we have each all felt from this loss. Not all of us had been in contact with her. We had run into her here or there over the years. She was happy and well - which was wonderful because there had been a time that she was neither of those things. Everyone was so happy that she had turned her life around - not just for her but for her child as well. Such a sad loss.
So as we wait to find out wake arrangements, we've circled the wagons, found some common ground again and try to reconnect. Life is truly too short. Don't wait to reconnect. Reach out now before you get "that" call. Regrets are a horrible thing to live with.
Peace and love my soul sisters.