"Who was your first crush?" My friend asked as she and I sat over wine and chatted about the good old days. This light hearted topic was the direct result of my daughter and her odd boy related comments.
"I remember chasing the cute boys (and being chased) in 3rd grade.” 3rd grade... when I was younger than my daughter is now. I remember "Liking" a boy named Jonathon. Man... He was cute!
She remembered crushes in 3rd grade too. She remembered the boys playing chase and realizing who was being chased and who wasn't.
Suddenly I was back there in the little town. I was remembering the days of chase and simplicity. I was wondering when my daughter is Going to think that someone is "cute!" And I was thinking about finding Jonathon on Facebook.
Facebook... the vehicle through which class reunions are now being planned and that through which I am back in touch with people I never thought I would hear from or see again.
When I left high school, I really tried to leave high school. Granted, I didn't leave it in college as much as I had hoped... and after that, I stayed in touch with very few people. High school was just a little part of my life.
As I explained to Ms Llama over steaming cups of coffee... okay, perhaps they weren't steaming, but mine had chocolate…High school was a different world. I admired her willingness to allow her high school world and her current world to collide. I wasn't sure that I was ready to do it. (To date, I am still not exactly sure that I am ready to do it but…)
And then I found myself doing it. I found myself finding people from my high school class and the class under mine and befriending these people. Some of them I remembered... and some of them I didn't. But there I was allowing my two worlds to collide.
It has been interesting to say the least. I look at what everyone is doing and am so thrilled to have the limited information I have and that they offer. It is just... nice.
And then... get this... I started finding people from the classes above mine!
These were the untouchables. These were the people that were so beyond me while I was there. Granted, I didn't find them intimidating at all, they were just... older. They were always that much ahead of where we were and what we were doing. Now... some of them are my friends! It seems totally random. It seems completely at odds with the person that I am. We have each come so very far; the playing field has leveled. We are all in the midst of our lives and nearing 40... And wow, it is kind of fun to see just how far everyone has come.