The blog project topic for June 26th, chosen by Melissa: Make new friends, but keep the old....Tell us about your most recent friendship (online or in person) AND your longest friendship.
I'm guessing everyone will think I'm going to write about my BFF since I've known her quite a long time (27 years this summer to be exact) and we're so close. However, there are people I've known longer than her.
Sally is one of those individuals. I don't necessarily consider Sally a friend anymore, but more of an acquaintance who I use to hangout with a lot when I was in high school. After high school I talked with her periodically and hung out with her and her friends when I visited Chicago my first 2 years of college.
Sally and I went to preschool together at one of the Chicagoland Jewish Community Centers (JCC) many, many... MANY years ago. After awhile we drifted apart a bit and then reconnected several years later when we bumped into one another at a local Bakers Square restaurant (a place I used to love getting pie until I started baking pie). Through the end of high school we hung out on a fairly regular basis. Then a year or two after I moved away for college we lost touch.
These days we're basically Facebook friends. I did run into her at festival a few weeks ago. We chatted a bit, but it was a lot of small talk. It wasn't like if I was seeing someone I was super close with, and we picked up where we last left off. Our lives are so vastly different.
It's sort of sad, but I have good memories from the past that include her.
Back in April (maybe May) a friend of mine asked me if she could make a "friend shidduch". (A "shidduch" is typical Yiddish for match two Jewish singles up.) My friend had a friend at her shul she felt I would get along well with so I said "Sure!"
Guess what? My friend was right. Me and L got along famously. L is a PhD student at the University of Chicago and thought we're 10 years apart in age (roughly) we have a lot of life experiences in common.
Another thing I like about my new friend is that she's an observant Jew, but still very much egalitarian. She gets the reasons I'm drawn to being more observant and I don't have to feel strange when I want to do something religiously/observant related. It's nice to known someone who gets little things others would never understand.
Now that I've talked about a person I've known a long time and a person I'm known not so long, please see what my fellow bloggers have to say:
Merryland Girl (Melissa)
Darwin Shrugged (Denise)