Thursday, April 27, 2006

On the road again....

Life is one long social whirl of weekends away... this time it's meeting up with two very, very dear friends from University.

When we finished Uni, one of the friends moved to Japan, and one moved to Scotland, then Texas, Kuala Lumpur (sp?) and finally Australia.

I tried not to take it personally.

I haven't seen either of them for scary years. I was in their company when I took a pragmatic approach to outdoor toiletting (see below). Once we dressed up for halloween and haunted the churchyard very, very effectively. Fake blood was involved.

The window of opportunity to meet is short and specific, so it's early to work, a rapid descent down the M6 in the afternoon, and then on to crash at my parents' house in the evil hours of the morning, probably.

Do you keep in touch with your friends from school/college/university? When was the last time you saw them? And what did you get up to when you were together?


At 10:13 pm, Blogger Kimberly said...

I live a mere thirty minutes from my hometown and sadly I don't keep in touch with a single soul. It's pathetic I know, but there you have it.


At 12:11 am, Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Have fun with your friends, Anna. It's worth it to keep in touch -- but take heart if you don't. I recently reconnected with a friend I hadn't seen since we were pretty young kids FORTY-FIVE years ago! Yikes. And we've had such fun since we've found each other again. Turns out she lives about 3 hours from me, both of us having moved 2/3 of the way across the US!

At 4:42 am, Blogger Susan Abraham said...

Hi Anna,
What poignant questions you've asked.
I wrote you yesterday. I'm a Malaysian writer and am from Kuala Lumpur which is its capital (we have the famous Petronas Twin Towers - 2nd tallest in the world...I think!) But I travelled and lived in Australia for 5 years (Melbourne) and then in South Kensington, London this last 3 years. I'm in KL now but will return to England soon.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to keep in touch with my schoolfriends but I know a fair few older then me who have throughout the years. Most end up with a sprinkling of 4 or 5 friends who are married and live abroad and they all keep in close touch with the other.
Life dealt me some hard knocks early on so I couldn't.
But now years later, I think of my school friends a lot of the time. I don't think there's ever a moment, when a memory, a tune, a whiff of a scent or something doesn't remind me of the lovely fun times we had. Perhaps the most significant was when I went, equipped with the giggles to meet Donny Osmond in Waterstone's London, last year. Then I felt 16 again and recalled each of my friend's crushes. I do wonder what happened to all and hope life treated them kindly. I think that perhaps someday when I've published a novel, an old classmate will pick up a copy from somewhere and remember the name and go, "I know her.." We all had cutesy autograph books then where we wrote endearing things but hardly our sure were we that we would all stay in touch. That little misfortune is probably my biggest regret today. Anyhow, have a great weekend.

At 6:43 am, Blogger Anna Lucia said...

Awww, never mind Kim!

That's fantastic, Anne, I haven't managed to keep in touch with school friends, bar one dear friend I exchange cards with on a irregular basis.

Wow, Susan, you've really travelled! Thanks for your comments. If you want to try finding your old friends, it's worth trying sites like Friends Reunited, or just searching Google for them. You never know...

At 11:46 am, Blogger Susan Abraham said...

Yes Anna,
Te internet is quite the lifeline isn't it. I thought I'd sort out my novel first & when it's finally out in the shops, then I can return to Malaysia, look a few of these old friends up & celebrate with a party. That's the wonderful thing about being published in London. If I ever do pull it off, the city offers automatic international distribution (including my own country) as soon as any kind of novel is launched. So keep your pretty fingers crossed for me, won't you. *love*
And Donny Osmond was still so cute!

At 9:13 am, Anonymous Julie Cohen said...

I met Kathy Love when I was five and I still can't get rid of the damn woman. ;-)

Getting in touch with old friends is the best. I've had it happen so much more since getting the blog and having books in print, because people find you.

Have a magical weekend, sweets.

At 3:15 am, Blogger Danica/Dream said...

I just got an email from my best friend in college a few days ago to announce birth of child #3. I didn't even know she was pregnant. :(

At 3:50 am, Blogger Susan Abraham said...

Yes, Julie, that's so encouraging. The right people from the past to find me. And here's hoping. best wishes

At 12:03 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Anna - well I'm just pleased to be back in touch with you, the last time I saw you was on your wedding day!! there needs to be a meeting up soon that's for sure. do you remember Miriam Dewhirst from St Edward's - she's got in touch with me and invited me to her wedding. should be fun!
lv Nicky

At 12:44 pm, Blogger Beth Ciotta said...

i keep in touch with two girlfriends from high school.Sadly I have not seen either on ein person in 'scary' years. (loved that phrase) Have a GREAT time Anna!

At 2:10 pm, Blogger Sela Carsen said...

I talk to my best friend from college pretty regularly, although infrequently. We send each other cards and Christmas and birthday gifts. We haven't seen each other in a few years, but we always do the same thing -- wrestle with the children, then stay up late into the night playing trivia games with our husbands.

She's the one who was supposed to come down right after Christmas but was in a car accident. She's fine, thank God, but it put a crimp in our plans for a while.

At 6:02 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was amazing to see you the other night, dearest.

I wish I could have got there earlier and stayed later.

But you and I are not so far apart now, so let's arrange to get together again soon.

Love Bear

At 1:00 pm, Blogger Anna Lucia said...

LOL Julie! And yes, thanks, had a lovely weekend.

Well at least you know she gave birth, Danica!

Lovely to see you, Nicky! Glad you found your way here. :-) Hope the wedding is fun.

Well done for keeping in touch, Beth. :-)

Thank you for popping in, Bear! It was really lovely to see you. Is August bank holiday still sounding good?


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