As often happens, a somber occasion brought us all back together.
It was a time of great loss and heavy hearts, but also of bittersweet comfort and memory.
It was a reunion of friends.
Not people who know each other – not Facebook friends – the real thing.
True friends, who are bound together, and always will be, no matter how much time or space lies in between.
Who have imprinted themselves on each other’s lives.
The people who will cry at your funeral.
Who would take a bullet for you.
Who would drop everything and drive hundreds of miles in a heartbeat if you needed them.
Time changes us in many ways, but it never changes who we are to each other.
We drift off in different directions.
We create new lives for ourselves.
We have our own triumphs and tragedies.
If we’re lucky we meet a few more people along the way who come to mean what those old friends mean to us. But that is rare.
No matter how much time has passed or how out of touch we’ve fallen, the day eventually comes when we’re face to face again; and we are just as we remembered each other. Older and grayer, maybe, but feeling as if no time has passed at all. We’re kids again, sharing secret smiles.
Time cannot erode those bonds.
Yes, it’s sad that sometimes only weddings and funerals put us together again.
It’s unfortunate that we’re not so good at keeping our intentions to stay in touch.
But it’s OK.
We understand. And we love each other.
We will always be friends.
We will always be there when it matters.
And it will always feel the same.