Thursday, May 13, 2010
High school friendships
For the past few days, I’ve been working diligently on this week’s graduation edition of The South Reporter.
It always makes me feel older.
We remark time and time again here at the office, “I can’t believe he’s graduating. It seems like yesterday he was 7.”
Pam and I have received several graduation invitations – one from one of Emma’s best friends when we lived in Laurel. She was one year behind Emma in elementary school. We left Laurel nine years ago, yet suddenly Emma is a freshman in college and Bonnie is a high school senior.
Time flies these days.
I recall in the fourth grade never thinking I’d make it to junior high, in the seventh grade never believing I’d get to high school and in the 11th grade longing for high school graduation.
Those years went by much slower than the ones today.
I left the halls of Hamilton (Ala.) High School 31 years ago (1979). Yet those memories and those friendships are ones I still cherish today.
I don’t see or talk to any of my high school classmates very often but they will always be dear to my heart.
It is, however, a small world.
Just a month or so ago, I was talking, via Facebook, with a fellow Class of 1979 member who now lives in New Zealand. We grew up in the same community and attended the same church.
And a few weeks back I talked via cell phone to a former classmate and high school basketball teammate. He is minister of a church in Hattiesburg and has been an encouragement to my daughter Emma, who is attending college at the University of Southern Mississippi. I called him for help when Emma called and said her automobile had been broken into on campus.
In high school, we do indeed, build friendships that last a lifetime, no matter how far we are apart in miles.
One thing I appreciate in the newspaper business is good quotes. While working on this year’s graduation edition, I came across some great ones via the Internet from quotegarden.com.
I will share a few of my favorites.
Congratulations to all 2010 graduates. Best wishes.
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