Unlike my four crumbcatchers, my family and I moved around when I was little. In the middle of grade school, we moved to a different home; in high school we must have moved twice; and then right after College I traveled thousands of miles away from the Philippines and landed in California!
With the help of technology, especially the internet, my kids will always keep in touch with their childhood friends! Plus everyone just lives in the same neighborhood. You see them all grow from nursery to college!
I remember writing snail mail to my college friends when I first got here from the Philippines. Sometimes the mail took a month to get from US to Manila. So the news is no longer news! And every Christmas when a Christmas card is “returned to sender”, it breaks my heart knowing I have a friend who I will lose connection.
With Facebook, I finally got connected with my friends from high school and college! Friends I have not spoken to in three decades! I’m not easy to search since I made sure I limit my exposure. But once I connected with someone in High School, the gates were open to reconnect with my grade school friends!
Childhood friends are special. Even when photographs seem like “black-and-white-civil-war-like” as my kids commented, the power of friendship can withstand decades of absentia. Reminiscing the childhood I once had gives me the focus and direction that will lead me to the new chapters in my life! (Hurray! Another birthday coming up in July!)
This summer, I’ll be visiting the Philippines and will stay there for over three weeks. It’s the longest I’ve been away from my husband and kids. (The only times my husband and I were ever away from each other were when I go to the Philippines. It’s corny but my husband and I just enjoy waking up to each other’s morning smile!). I'll be bonding with family members, special events to attend to and catching up with some old friends. Seems like a long time away from home, and yet seems not too many days to bond with families and friends from afar.