A Day at the Beach

It was the perfect ending to our too short vacation. A beautiful, sunny day at the beach – collecting shells, riding waves and burying legs in the sand.

The best part of the day, however, was the reason for our trip to the beach. A few weeks ago, I reconnected with a friend of mine from about 28 years ago. Someone I had lost touch with in my pre-teen years and found through LinkedIn last month. We went to meet her and her family, as well as another childhood friend I hadn’t seen since I moved out of town in 6th grade.

We spent much of our time reminiscing about the old days, and names from the distant past that I hadn’t thought about in decades came back to life again. We also caught each other up on our lives since elementary school – we’ve all taken very different paths, endured our share of challenges, and yet for all of our differences, we’ll always share this very special bond of childhood.

Never in a million years would I have guessed that I’d see these two friends again – and here we were – enjoying an afternoon together almost 30 years after the last time we enjoyed an afternoon together. Life is certainly full of pretty incredible surprises…

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