Old friends

One of the things that I have learned with age and experience is that you cannot put a price on the value of a good friend.   Both Michelle and I participated in a process that helped us to discover the things in life that are important to us.  We each realized that a quality friendship with a person whom you trust is something that enriches your life and makes life just a little bit better.   Michelle has renewed friendships she had let lie fallow for many years (hey Kim) and could not believe just how much she missed that person.  I have also been in the process of renewing some friendships, and had a great experience tonight along those lines.

Back in college I had a friend who, as most women are, was more in touch with who she was at the time than I.  To make a long and personal story short, I blew that friendship some 20+ years ago.  I’m sure most of you out there can think of a person from your past who was a friend at one time and whose presence you miss.   Well, I missed the long conversations I used to have with Claudia.   Doing one of those slightly creepy things you can now do given the pervasiveness of Google is search for people.  It isn’t as easy to find women given the cultural habit of changing the last name when they marry.  Fortunately for me, Claudia was still using the same last name, and I found her because she hosts a radio show on a jazz station in San Diego.  (http://www.jazz88.org)  {she hosts the evening drive time show from 5-7 California time….you should listen online}  I have emailed her a few times, and she had graciously allowed me to clear the slate of the past.  Anyway, I was listening to her show today and she announced that the third caller would win tickets to a holiday play.  I called.  I was the right caller.  The fun of shocking her by telling her who I was was worth it alone, but reconnecting by phone was truly fulfilling.

Why have I bothered to relay this long winded story that has no bearing on your life?  If someone popped to mind when I told you about my situation, then you too have an opportunity to renew an old friendship.   It is the holiday season, what better time to find an old friend?

Thanks Claudia for your friendship.  And thank you dear reader for listening to another of my tangents.

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2 thoughts on “Old friends

  1. Wow…I feel honored to have made the blog! Especially when you and Michelle have much bigger (or should I say smaller, ’cause he’s just a baby) things on your mind.

    Our renewed friendship has brought real joy to my life and I can not thank you enough for reaching out to me all these years later. You’ve helped the young heart in me heal a little more, have a little more faith, and love a bit more.

    Can’t wait to see you again in person and meet your beautiful wife. There will be copious hugs!

    Travel safely this week and may the light of the universe shine on your family.

  2. John

    Good for you Deron!

    I saw a quote the other day that applies…. “The most important lessons in life are the ones you learn after you have everything already figured out” :). It’s never too late to make changes in your life for the better. You and Michelle will be great parents simply for the fact that you are willing to dig up past issues and rectify them rather than pass on dysfunction to the next generation. How much better would the world be if everyone did that??

    We love you guys! Send tons of pictures of the new baby as soon as possible!

    safe travels,
    jd

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