Well, just a couple days ago I found a long lost friend from high school. I found her on Myspace. I have a profile I put up a couple years ago when my kids got interested in Myspace. The deal was they had to have me as a friend so that I could access their profile.
I actually found 2 other former classmates on Myspace, but I have been trying to find this particular friend, Terri, for years with no luck. I searched and found her sister about a year ago, and asked her to pass along my email to Terri but she didn't for some reason, so I had kind of given up. Surprisingly, on Sunday I got a message from the sister saying Terri was now on Myspace. Yay!
We've exchanged messages and caught up with each other's lives in a nutshell, but I look forward to getting to know her again.
Terri was a year younger than me in high school, and we hit it off in PE when we realized we both felt the same way about it---awkward and out of place. We were both shy as well and not in any of the cliques.
She and I would often slip out of the far corner of the field when the PE teacher was not paying attention, then we would take our time wandering around until slipping back onto campus for our next class.
She would often accompany me and my dad on our summer fishing trips too. We would go horseback riding, and swimming and play board games and laugh by the hour.
One time in particular, Dad and I took her to the top of a mountain to see our favorite fire lookout and as we were winding our way back down the mountain on the bumpy dirt road, we came to a spot where we had a clear view of the lookout above us. My friend Terri took in the scene and then said, "Wow! If we were still up there we could see ourselves!" When she realized what she said, we all had a good laugh about it, and my dad still thinks that's one of the funniest lines ever.
I'm so thankful I live in an age when a few clicks on a keyboard can reunite us with someone special from our past. It's really incredible to think about.