Sunday, November 27, 2005

Hello Old Friend

Oddest thing happened today, and I'm trying to figure out what exactly God is saying to me. You see, a long time ago I was totally in love with Jimmy, or at least that's what I thought when I was 13. Jimmy was my friend, but he had his flaws. About 7 years ago Jimmy fell off the face of the Earth. We had different friends, his were druggies mostly, mine where college kids. Our lives took different paths and we did not remain in conact. I often thought of Jimmy. Not a I wish I had done something different or questioning if I had married the right man. No, I just wondering where he was, if he was still alive or did he fall into the addiction that so many do. Not a month went by in the last 7 years that I didn't have a thought, even a brief one, about Jimmy.

Then today, out of the blue there he was. Peanut and I were on our way back to Tahlequah to my grandfather's funeral when I stopped for gas. Usually I just pay at the pump so I don't have to go in and be tempted to buy something I don't need. But today Peanut needed to go to the bathroom. So we went in, I paid for my gas got some change for a newspaper and as we were walking out the door I saw...nope, the newspapers. I grabbed it and turned back to the counter to pay. I paid little attention to the guy who was standing there paying for his stuff. Then he turned around. I recognized him right away even though he looked different. He'd put on some weight, as it seems we all do, but he looked healthy. I was in shock. I rarely run into anyone I know when I go back home (and it's not THAT big of a town). He asked if I remembered him. Well, yes of course. I introduced him to Peanut, who was probably wondering if I knew EVERYONE. And stupid me I said, I didn't know if you were alive or dead, you fell off the earth. Well, he didn't fall off the earth. He just took some time to grow up. He's married, has three beautiful children (he showed me a picture). So maybe now I won't have to think about him every month wondering if he's alive or not. I can be satisfied knowing there's another woman out there worring about him.

One down, two to go... lol

I thank my God upon every rememberance of you!


~Jennifer said...

I find myself wondering how old friends are doing too. I'm glad you got to find out about one of yours. :-)

jo(e) said...

I've run into old friends in much the same way. (Well, it does help that I still live in my hometown.) I am often surprised at how much I realize I do still care about someone from my past, and how happy I am to find out that s/he is doing well.

the sojourning pilgrim said...

You crack me up - one down . . .

BTW - I am really enjoying the devotional book.

the sojourning pilgrim said...

You guys have been in my prayers this weekend.

Leslee said...

Sojourning Pilgrim, I haven't got to start the devotional book :(
I had originally planned on being home Saturday. But God kept me there so I could see Jimmy I guess.

Thank you for your prayers. They were much appreciated

Girl said...

Oh my goodness...that is crazy.

I am obsessed by the kids I went to school with from kindergarten throu 8th grade. They were all VERY mean...but I really wonder about them. I would do anything to be a fly on the wall at teh high school reunion of the school in my hometown (I went to a different HS).

Thanks for sharing your story.

Hope you had a good Thanksgiving.


Leslee said...

I'm kind of looking forward to my 10 year high school reunion. And at the same time I'm not. There aren't a whole lot of people I'd really like to see. The ones that mattered the most to me I've kept up with, the ones I'd really like to see finished high school somewhere else. I'll let you know here in a couple of years if I actually go.