The last few months Craig and I have had a great time reconnecting with long-time friends. There is a certain comfort you feel when you spend time with a person who knows and understands you, who has shared experiences with you in the past. Not to say we don’t enjoy our newer friends because we do, but it’s a different type of relationship, filled with questions and discovery, it’s new.
Old friends matter because they fill the need to feel connected. In an old relationship, within moments you find yourself falling into a familiar pattern of conversation, times experienced together and remembered, history. These are the experiences that have shaped us and made us who we are. They know how to make us feel good and we know how to make them feel good. They accept us as we are, or they wouldn’t come to visit!
It’s like a favourite pair of jeans. They’ve softened and fit like a new pair never will. They are comfortable even though they are becoming frayed and thin in the bum! They trigger memories of experiences enjoyed together keeping us in touch with our past.
Craig and I have moved quite a bit over the years and each time we move we clean out our closets. But, there are a few pairs of “jeans” we hang on to. It takes effort to make sure there will be a space for them but it is well worth it!
There is nothing like old friends.