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Monday, August 17, 2009

Contact an Old Friend

Most of you are probably reading this on FaceBook, so you already know what I'm talking about.

But it's so cool to get in touch with someone you haven't seen in years. (Almost as cool as when they get in touch with you.)

Of course, this is only virtual. Take the next step. Have a face-to-face, perhaps followed by a heart-to-heart.

How is old Joe anyway? Are Mary's kids grown up? What, little Johnny has a John Junior? Did that other kid every graduate?

Everyone changes, but everyone stays the same. Whatever made you like them before is (probably) still there.

You can't go home again. But you can visit.

FaceBook has brought me people from virtually every phase of my life, from elementary school to my last-year's students. In most cases, I'm half a world away and can't do much more than write (and share pictures).

But most of you can. Call up an old buddy: "Hey, Frank, guess who this is?" Set up a meeting: "Let's have dinner at the old place." Bring along some pictures. Meet in a park with the kids (or grandkids, or second spouses) and introduce them to each other.

Nostalgia is what it used to be. Grab some.

You'll be happier.

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