Tragedy brought us together, friendship moves us onward
OKMULGEE, Okla. — First off, I would like to apologize to all of my classmates. I am sorry I did not live up to what I had said. I said I would always be in touch after our high school days. Don’t get me wrong, I have never forgotten anyone it is only that, we have grown up and moved on.
I remember from my graduation night (I am not telling you the year), seeing majority of my classmates together as one group. I remember the hugs and everyone saying to keep in touch and that we will always be friends.
Then so many years down the road, it is not that you do not remain friends with them, you have paved your own way of life and started your journey.
In that time you make new friends and start families. Every once in awhile you will see someone from your school and you will talk for a few minutes, and then go your separate ways.
I remember one of my aunts telling me after graduation that the only time you will see your classmates was at reunions and funerals. Morbid, huh?
For some people that is not true. They have stayed in touch with someone or a few people from their high school years.
However, for me, it was spot on.
Unfortunately a few weeks back, we lost a fellow classmate to a heart attack. One of my friends told me about it and I was in shock.
Of course, through social media we got ahold of everyone in our class to tell them what happened and to see if we all could go to the funeral.
It was a no brainer for the majority of us. We were going to be there. Some of my classmates were pallbearers and that was an amazing honor to see them do that for our friend and his family.
After the funeral, we decided to meet up and spend some time together that afternoon. I asked right away. I did not want us to separate.
We got together at a restaurant and it was like old times. There were a lot of jokes, laughter and storytelling. Everyone spoke about their families and children. It was a wonderful time.
New memories were made.
Like always, when you are doing something great and enjoying yourself, time goes by too fast. Before you know it we had to all leave. We promised each other that we would do this again but we made sure that it had to be under different circumstances.
I guess, to you my readers and also my friends, the point I am trying to make is although you go through life and make your own way in this world, do not forget the ones from your youth who were with you through the early years.
Yes there will be new friends that you make throughout your life but you always have the ones that helped mold you into who you are now.
Quote time. My first one is from art historian Horace Walpole.
“Old friends are the great blessing of one’s later years…They have a memory of the same events and have the same mode of thinking.”
The next quote is from author Susan Gale.
“Beautiful memories are like old friends. They may not always be on your mind, but they are forever in your heart.”
To my classmates, I hope you accept my apology for not living up to what I said I would do. You all know how to get ahold of me and I will be looking forward to seeing you all soon.
To my readers, do not do what I did. If you have friends that you grew up with and if they are not far away or just a phone call away, contact them.
Reliving those great memories was so much fun. Even, if it was only for a few hours.
Finally, to our classmate who is no longer with us, we know you are in a better place and are happier now. We miss you. We miss you a lot, but know that we think about you all the time.
I can’t thank you enough for reuniting us for a bit. You brought us back together again. I know you were there laughing with us on all the stories that we were telling.
So, my friends and readers, thank you again for reading my column. I love you all. Take care.