We lost my mother-in-law going on three years ago. Yes, we still miss her and probably always will. She was a sweet woman with a sharp tongue and a great sense of humor. And I always told her I married the best one of her kids. Not that the others are shabby, but I got the best.
Last year, I was contacted by a friend of Mom’s, Anita(in the middle). The woman told me that she had been a friend of Ruth (Mom on left) and Mya (Mom’s twin sister on right) since they were three years old. Since that time we’ve been corresponding back and forth and she’s been telling me stories of the three of them. At this time she’s 94 years old.
Reading her stories has made me wonder how many of us can actually say we have friends from our childhood that we’re still connected with? I have friends from high school that I still talk to. I know where a friend from my childhood resides, but we haven’t spoken to each other in twenty years.
Friends come and go out of our lives at different periods for different reasons. Life interferes and we aren’t able to stay connected. There were four of us in high school that ran around together, dreamed of our future lives and growing into young women. Today I had lunch with Janine. I receive a Christmas card every year from Terre-who lives in the same area I do, and see Suzanne-who lives in New York on Facebook. They’re my oldest friends.
But a friend from the time you’re three? No, I don’t have any of those. Poor Anita is trying to reach Mya to talk to her one more time. Mya has dementia and recently her cell phone was turned off because she kept losing it. Anita lives in Detroit and Mya in Albuquerque, yet Anita keeps reaching out to Mya. I’m the go between.
As women we bond with friends and hang onto them until we take our last dying breath. I’m hoping that when we go visit Mya this summer, we can call Anita and put the two women on the phone together. More than anything, I hope that Mya will remember Anita. A friendship that has lasted a lifetime.
Do you stay in contact with friends from your childhood?
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