life in my hood with 2 teenagers, a toddler and chronic pain

Rockin’ with Robin May 14, 2009

I spent an afternoon with a friend I haven’t seen in 24 years.  Holy shit.  I can’t believe I even have friends from 24 years ago, not to mention much, much longer. Squeezing 24 years of life into 6 1/2 hours of catching up isn’t easy, but we took a pretty good stab at it. Despite living in slower paced Southern California, we talked in east coast fast (we’re both east coast girls)and 6 1/2 hours passed like 5 minutes and 24 years melted away like a strawberry fruit bar in the back of my car in July. We started several conversations only to interrupt each other and go off on a tangent and somehow get back full circle to the original conversation. Surprisingly, we managed to finish all, or at least most, of the conversations we started, discussing everything from the passing of parents to what ever happened to so-and-so to reminiscing about the good old days. While we have both led very different lives since college, the challenges we have both faced through the years are strikingly similar, not in our experiences, but in our responses to them and we discovered that all these years later, we still have much in common.

It was by random chance that we became friends in the first place, both being assigned to live on the same dorm floor our freshman year. We became instant friends back then, finding we had much in common then, and for the lives of us, neither can remember how or why we drifted apart. With modern day technology-Facebook, instant messaging, Twitter, email, etc (I grew up with rotary dial phones), my kids will have a much better opportunity to remain in touch with their friends than my generation did. Maybe that’s a good thing. I don’t know. I do know that it was really cool to re-connect with a dear old friend and find out that despite the passing years, some things haven’t changed all that much.



9 Responses to “Rockin’ with Robin”

  1. goldfish Says:

    I love it. It makes me feel like a teenager, though… maybe that’s good? Hm.

  2. muthahhood Says:

    that’s good.

  3. EMCMC Says:

    Rotary phones? How about an operator?!

  4. Jessica Says:

    Reconnecting with old friends is always very cool. I have a few myself that I’d love to reconnect with, but it seems they’re currently to self absorbed to be bothered with their real friends.

    Oh well such is life, lol

    I’m stopping from MBC “Under 100” group!

  5. katymccarrick Says:

    Awww, yes, rotary phones.
    I LOVE that we now have facebook, twitter, etc to keep up with old friends, but I still find that I don’t update enough or check other people’s tweets often enough to find out what’s really going on. I may have to re-visit the ‘old-fashioned’ way of catching up and pick up the (cell) phone every now and then!
    Found you on MBC 100

  6. robin Says:

    ok, success! figured out how to get to the blog! hey — i grew up with rotary phones too!! that was an incredible time we had together. an “edges-blurred moment” for sure! no real start, no real end, just a circle going around and around until it was time to jump off and get back to “today” and all the crap we have to do :). Here’s to friendship, connection, special times old and new… much love xo

  7. The crazy suburban mom Says:

    Thats great! That you could reconnect!


  8. Bruno Says:

    We met in ’85. Hey that’s 24 years also!
    I believe I had to share my IBM Selectric
    typewriter with you. You had Rolodex envy.
    Were we nominated for an Emmy that year?

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