Never Forget Your Classmates
A young man was talking to his father about growing up, marriage, and responsibilities. The Father said "Never forget your friends," he advised, "they will become more important as you get older. regardless of how much you love your family and your children. Stay in touch with them somehow. "What strange advice!" thought the young man. "I just got married, I am becoming an adult and surely my wife and children will be everything I need to make sense of my life.“ Over the years, he began to understand what his Father was talking about. Although time and nature carry out their designs, friends and classmates are life’s bulwarks.
After 70 years of life, and 50 + years after graduation here is what we learned:
• Time passes.
• Life goes on.
• Distance separates us.
• Children grow up and are eventually separated from their parents.
• Jobs come and jobs go.
• Our illusions, desires, attractions, sex ... weakens.
• People do not do what they should.
• Our hearts break.
• Our parents die.
• Our colleagues forget the favors.
• Life’s races end.
... but true friends are always there, no matter how long or how many miles away they are.
When we started this adventure called life in 1965, we did not know of the joys or sorrows that lay ahead. We did not know how much we would need from each other. Love your parents, take care of your children, but keep a group of good friends. Dialogue with them but do not impose yourself or your criteria on them.
Over 50 years may separate me from from my classmates … but they are still … each and every one … my friend.
With apologies to the original author ... 🐏