What if you had a friend, a person that you hadn’t seen in a long time? I mean, a very, VERY long time? Like, what if you hadn’t seen this person in over 35 years? And what if you hadn’t really ever been close friends, even way back in the past?
What if that friend had moved across the ocean decades ago, and had created a whole new life in Europe?
And what if you sort of stumbled upon each other, through a whole network of mutual friends, on Facebook? How would you feel if it turned out that the old, nearly forgotten friend seemed to be really, really in tune with your entire life philosophy?
What would you do?
What if that old friend, that boy you hadn’t seen since he was an adorable nineteen year old, suddenly said that he was coming to the US? What would you do?
I bet you’d do pretty much what I did!
I invited him to spend a couple of days with us!
So now I am sitting in my living room, waiting for Paul to bring Thomas home to our house. The house is clean(ish). The dogs are fed. The guest room is all made up. I have vegan snacks and vegan dinner (yay, pizza!) all ready. I have beer on ice and wine in the fridge.
What if I seem really old? I mean, the last time we saw each other, I was young and thin and dark haired! What if Thomas hates dogs? What if he hates my vegan pizza?
What if I am being a complete loonie tune right now, and what if I am forgetting that even in the late fifties, people can reestablish old friendships? What if I am underestimating my friend, expecting him to be all judgy and unkind?
What if, once Thomas gets here, and we all sit down to our pizza and snacks and wine and beer, it turns out that we really truly do have so much in common? What if we talk about climate change, and Bernie Sanders and marriage equality, and what if we laugh and reminisce and tell funny stories?
What if we find out that even after all these years, even after so much change and growth and aging, we are still able to find like-minded souls out there in the big world?
What if it turns out that all those years ago, when I wasn’t wise enough to see it, I was already in the presence of a very good friend?