Reconnecting...

There I was minding my own business on Facebook when I get a friend request. This person wasn't a mutual friend of any of my other friends. Hmmm... Still his face looked familiar... like someone I once went to school with... so I broke my own rule and accepted his friend request.
Finally curiosity got the best of me so I sent him a message asking if he ever lived in WV. He did! It was indeed my old friend from 3rd grade! I was totally blown away because I went to 2 different elementary schools in 2 different states, and I left the school we attended together in 5th grade.
Moving around so much made me very good at remembering names and faces quickly and for a long time. I tired to make my friendships count because I never knew when the church would move us again. Through the years, I wondered (and still do) what one person was doing or where another person was now. One of the friends I was never able to forget was the same guy who sent me the random friend request. On top of that he said that he'd often thought of me through the years and wondered how I was and what I was doing! I was so touched when he told me how much my friendship had meant to him all those years ago!
Long story short, we've 45 minutes away from each other for the past several years and we never knew it. So yesterday morning we met for the first time in 34 years, and suddenly I'm hugging my old pal, sitting across from him catching up over over eggs and juice, laughing over shared memories. We laughed about how we didn't feel as old as our parents had seemed at our age. For moment time stood still and it was as though we'd never been apart. It was almost surreal.
This is one of several friends that I've reconnected with over the past year or two, and the one that goes back the furthest. I'm not sure why we've come back into one anothers' lives, but I have no doubt it's for a reason. I'm looking forward to what's to come...