Friday, 3 August 2007

Old friends

I love the feeling I get when I meet up with friends I haven't seen for ages; it's like putting on an old familiar jumper, slipping your feet into a favourite pair of slippers worn into the shape of your foot or sitting by a cosy fire, curled up with a good book.

The past week I've had several such get-togethers; it's the season when they swoop back to visit the old land, tanned, fresh-faced and full of news from their lives elsewhere - lives we once shared. We 'catch-up', relocate and 'pick-up' again. Just for a moment, a day, it feels as though we have never separated; we remember and enjoy the feeling of being all together again. 'Just like old times,' we say, only it isn't really and can never be the same again.

When they leave, the warmth of their presence remains with me for a while and I feel grounded again, as if their visit has rekindled some part of me I had temporarily lost and reminded me of who I really am.


Motheratlarge said...

Like this. Reminds me how we respond differently to different people. Must email some old friends I haven't been in touch with for a while!

Omega Mum said...

It's also good to catch up with people who like you not just for what you are, but for what you were, too. Very grounding, as they say.

Mid-lifer said...

Very true Omega mum.

Flowerpot said...

Yes, old friends are wonderful - very well put.