This morning, I got to spend some time with my mom's high school friend. How many of us totally discount the relationships our parents had before us? My mom had longed for her high school friends for some time, and one fine day, I decided I would find them for her. With some clues, old memories, a few connections, and a few phone calls, I found two of her best friends and even more after that. Over the last decade or more, these women have met a couple of times and talk often on the phone. Thank you google and Reliance India call. ( there was no whats app and Facebook)
One of them is visiting her son in Sacramento this summer. They all came to Boston for a very short trip. Despite unpredictable New England weather, a long drive, and a crazy weekend schedule, in the end, we finally could make it this morning.
I stole her from her family for 45 minutes and took her to a nearby Casino. The choice of the place was not intentional, but it was the best option nearby, and this Casino is really beautiful. The time I spent with her was amazing. I got to know a piece of my mom I never knew— who she was before us. While driving back, I was thinking about how our parents didn't have the means to remain connected, but that doesn’t change the meaning of friendship for them. The happiness on her face, the smile, the hugs, the way she was holding onto my hand—everything showed the admiration she has for my mom.
Do you think you will have the same feelings for your friends in your 70s? Are you still connected with your school friends?