neeroc (neeroc) wrote,

Connecting with old friends

About three years ago I completely lost touch with a girl I had gone to high school with. As couples we spent our 20s hanging out together, you know, whole weekend Nintendo marathons. By the time hubby and I got married, in '96, we had already started drifting apart. They had their first child in '93 and their second in '98. They moved further out into the country, the east end of town, while we lived in the west end. An hour or so drive put a crimp in the amount of time we spent together, and well, lets face it, we just weren't nurturing the relationship.

I heard, around the time of my 35th birthday, that she and her husband had separated. Since then I've tried without much success to get back in touch. I feared, for the longest time, that she had moved to a different part of the province. Before Christmas this year I decided to try calling everyone listed with her maiden name and first initial in the Ottawa area. No luck there.

I took a blind shot last week and tried an address that I thought would reach her at the last place I knew she worked, in what I thought was the right format they used for addresses. I got an out of office reply that she would be back today, but most exciting is that it was from a matching name! I'd been anxious all last week, wondering if I had the right person, and how she would react when she got my message.

As soon as she got in the office this morning (she had been on a week's vacation) she read my mail and replied. We chatted through email a bit during the day, and she called this evening. We yakked for well over an hour (and anyone who knows me knows how much I hate talking on the phone.) We're going to try to get together this weekend or next, and I can't wait! It turns out she was missing us as much I as I was missing her and we still have a tonne to catch up.

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