Monday, January 25, 2010
Years ago my dad and some of his buddies had a hunting camp not far from where Larry and I live now. It wasn't much - just an old railroad hut they had purchased cheap and moved to some farmland. We spent a lot of time there in the summer, and often some of the other families would come at the same time for a work day or just to have a picnic together. Now when I say that the camp was on farmland, I mean as in dairy farm. We shared the "lawn" with dairy cows. Be careful where you step!
Anyway, a couple of the families had children about the same age as my brother, sister, and I; so it was always fun when we were all together. In particular, my friend Janet was the big sister I never had. Just a year older than I was, I loved everything about her including the things she liked and did. We were in Girl Scouts together, loved our troll dolls and the Green Ghost game, Mickey Dolenz of the Monkees, Dr. Spock and Star Trek, The Man from U.N.C.L.E, and countless other things. When we were at the hunting camp, we pretended we were the Adams Family; and as creepy as it sounds, we used old cow bones and skulls to decorate our pretend houses in the thorn bushes. Looking back, I'm thinking we were a couple of freakshows on wheels; but we had a ball together.
As oftentimes happens with childhood friends, we grew apart once junior high arrived. Because of the connection with our parents, we knew what the other one was up to. I was at her wedding with my parents. Still today I think it was one of the most beautiful weddings I've attended.
A couple months ago, Janet's folks sent me this picture of my dad and hers from when they were in China together during the war. And when I sent the thank you note to them, I mentioned Janet and hoped that she was well. Several weeks later I got a beautiful note from her that just blessed my heart. You know, I realize that people can't always be tight friends; but a note from out of the blue is just about one of the nicest things to give or receive.
I have an old high school friend that lives only a mile around the corner from Julie and Travis. I need to get ahold of her and relive some of that craziness. How about you? Is there someone in your past that would be just tickled to get a note from you?