When a random person from the days of school lunch and double-dutch friends you on Facebook, it can be a bit awkward. You’re grown. You weren’t BFFs. You have no friends in common in your adult life. Did they really just go look you up? Why? But offline, the story plays out a bit differently.

About a week ago I ran into a familiar face. We instantly smiled and called each other by name. We told each other about the joy of life, but stopped mid catch-up. We couldn’t remember the last time we’d talked. There was a warmth and familiarity but we could not place how and why we knew each other. High school? Nope. Middle school? Nope. We didn’t live in the same area. “Wait,” we said simultaneously. “We were friends in like fourth grade,” I said in disbelief. I have trouble remembering names from last week, but here I was calling her by first and last in the middle of store. “Oh my goodness, we had Ms. Alexander together,” she laughed.

We chatted for a bit longer, but our rekindled friendship ended at the checkout line. We didn’t exchange Twitter handles, we won’t be checking each other’s Facebook to see what the other persons life is really like. It was actually pretty awesome to see that she was well. But, I also loved the ability to dig up those memories and leave then leave them in place. I’d actually like to run into more people. I think it’d be fun.

Are there any folks from your childhood with whom you’d like to play a quick game of catch-up?

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  • Emily

    I don’t know why but I always want to reconnect an old friendship. In a way I always expect it to feel a void but it doesn’t. I have no clue as to why I think that. And I need to understand, people grow up, change and might think its creepy you’re contacting them years later.

  • RenJennM

    Back in 9th grade, my mom and aunt entered my cousin and me into a pageant. We’d never been in one before (or since), but we entered it because I think there was some sort of cash prize you could win. Anyway… as all of the contestants were showing up to the location, I look over at a girl who I recognized right away. She looked over at me at the same time, and I said “Hey Octavia!”. She replied back without skipping a beat, “Hey Mecca!” And we smiled and laughed and began catching up. Prior to that moment, I hadn’t seen that girl since 1st grade!!!

    Even back in 1st grade, several other students and I were switched to a new class because our school was starting “Gifted and Talented” programs and because I was at a high reading level and tested well, I got into the program. So, I hadn’t seen her the rest of THAT year or any year until eight years later at the pageant. The fact that she remembered me right away the way I remembered her warmed me and surprised me at the same time. But like the author of article said, we didn’t keep in touch past that day. A shame too; she was really cool.