My senior year high school yearbook photo - taken by friend and talented classmate Cathy Jones!
One of my high school friends reached out with the idea of a mini-reunion via Zoom. Six of us – rarely in touch – met for an hour-long visit. Most of our conversation was COVID catch-up: Where are you sheltering? Are your kids with you? Is everyone okay? How are your parents (for those with living parents)? How is pandemic-era life?
These reconnections are happening all over: with family (close and estranged), college friends, high school friends, long lost friends. When we have time on our hands, when the precarious nature of life is thrust before us, when the perpetual distractions of routine are largely reduced, we look back; we remember these people.
Facebook is rife with nostalgia: for long-ago school days, for influential record albums, for memorable milestones. It’s a reawakening of old feelings, good ones.
Take note. As we shift out of full shut-down mode, let’s not slip too easily back into neglecting what we most care about; let’s make “normal” something much better, looking forward.
My 60th year in 60,000 words
Day 252: 166 words, TOTAL = 41,315; 18,685 remaining
Robin Clifford Wood is a writer and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband and dogs, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her grown children and their multi-species families.