Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Not Those Average Friendships.

By Sunaina Patnaik at Tuesday, June 21, 2016

My mother just returned from a reunion with her high school friends. They have met after twenty long years. Though some of them are in contact, a major part of them have gotten in touch a few weeks ago only because of Facebook, and of course, the WhatsApp groups. The internet is a wonderful thing. Sometimes, I am surprised at the remarkable things it introduces to us.

When my mother got in touch with all her high schoolmates, I did not fathom that their whole class would come together for a reunion. Twenty years is a long time definitely and one cannot be convinced that the entire class would actually come together. Well, they did. All of them. All thirty of them. My mother did not stop talking about her friends after she came back. Just like in all high schools, there is the helpful one, the planner, the envious one, the bully, the class leader, the conversationalist, the high achiever, the low-key one, and you get the drift. Looks like the 1970s and 1980s weren't so different after all.

I've always imagined that after you reach a certain age, you stop having friends, mostly because you move on with the other phases or life or move to different cities. I'm afraid, countries! But the fact that two of my mother's friends flew in from the USA, practically shattered all the myths I've built around the reality of friendships. I mean, we are clearly talking about people that withstood twenty years of friendships without any issues whatsoever about geographical restrictions. It gave me a new hope that no matter how old we get, and how well we master the art of pretending that we are all grown up, there is always a child within us that yearns for childhood. It makes us yearn for the high school days because what's more eventful in anyone's life than high school?

This brings me to another thing, it is people who make things like this happen. Not the Internet. It is just a highly powerful medium that amazing people use to their advantage. It's spectacular, right? The kind of things that friendships make us do!

And oh, this time, I have a song for you: You're My Best Friend by Queen


सौरभ भारती on 21 Jun 2016, 08:08:00 said...

amazing story indeed. we had our reunion abt 10 yrs later n only 5 out of 10 turned up.. all of thm in india.. over the weekend :-P lol.. bt it was great reunion nevertheless.. we had extreme level of fun.. we smtimes get drifted with the flow of life and these reunions patch us back together.. :-)

Sunaina Patnaik on 21 Jun 2016, 08:37:00 said...

Wow, that's still fun, Shaurabh. Thank you! :)

Sourav Deysarkar on 22 Jun 2016, 05:39:00 said...

It was a good read. Great job Sunaina! :)

Sunaina Patnaik on 22 Jun 2016, 06:36:00 said...

Thank you, Sourav. :)


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