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Social Media has it’s uses!  On Saturday this weekend I met up with someone who was my best friend in high school….aeons ago! (Sorry Chez) 🙂

still friends even after all these years

Someone I had known when I was 12 years old, which also means I now count my memories in decades rather than years….. LOL! or not!!!
We last saw each other 22years ago back in South Africa just before she and her husband came to live in the UK and I went to live in Cape Town.  Prior to that we had last seen each other in 1971. Now I am living in the UK and they are back in SA! How bizarre, how bizarre!
After that last meeting, we lost touch as you sometimes do, and over the years I often thought of her and wondered where she was and what she was doing.
I joined facebook some years back and as you do you put up various details etc etc. One day out of the blue I got a message asking if I was the Cindy who went to Dawnview High? And of course yes, it was me! And there she was; after all these years.
So we messaged each other from time to time and emailed, catching up on news across the years. A couple of months ago I got a message to say she was visiting the UK this month and was it possible to meet up? Of course it was and so we did….on Saturday! How awesome. And how brilliant is social media! 🙂
It was amazing to see her again and sadly the 2 hours I had free disappeared in a wink and we hardly had time to really catch up before I had to go.  Plans are now in the pipe-line for a longer visit when I am in SA next year.
This meeting has had a odd effect on me, and after I said goodbye, and on the way home I mused to myself how strange this life is, and how weird it is coming face to face with your past and how much has changed since those days.
I think it was the comment she made about how we had known each other when we were 12 years old that triggered all sorts of emotions and memories.  One of the memories of course relates to our relationship when we were 12 years old and until we were 16 which is the last time I saw her prior to that meeting many years later.
We were very naughty young girls and one of my clearest memories of our friendship is travelling home from school on the bus.  As do all naughty children we sat right at the back of the bus and caused mayhem, on one occassion the driver stopped the bus and made us get off 🙂 mmm you get the picture.  I also reminded her of one day that we were laughing so much that when I got off the bus I had to hang onto the pole at the busstop to keep upright and to my everlasting hysteria wet my pants and walked home with squelchy shoes (I will leave that to your imagination). My Mother was totally unimpressed.
Strangely enough, one of the thoughts that ran through my mind on the way home on Saturday, was what would my adult self say to my 12 year-old self. I guess there would be many things, but two that spring to mind with immediate clarity would be to not get married so young (17 in my case) and secondly would be to have a plan for my life.
Of course there are many other memories, some good, some very bad and some just lovely.  But that is not for now!
Wonderful to see you my friend. I look forward to next year and having more time to catch up 🙂

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