Friends From Long Ago

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Friends From Long Ago

When I was in the third grade, I lived in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. I was the sole minority kid in the class of mine at Lincoln Elementary School. It wasn't that long time after the conclusion of World War II, and I was a Japanese American. I encountered several minor racism and prejudice due to the ethnicity of mine, though life was good with close friends.

Generally there were 2 females in the category of mine whom I recall well. I cannot point out I can remember any of the majority of the classmates of mine from that season. Linda was a very, blonde female. Judy had brown hair which she frequently wore in pigtails. They were best friends, but somehow they provided me as well as the other females in the category as friends also.

There seemed to be a religious meeting for kids 1 day a week after school at the church across the street. It was for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints, and I wasn't a part of that church. Nevertheless, I enjoyed going to be with the other kids. The classes were in age ranges so I was in the church class with children that were in the class of mine at school. Judy was a part of that church so I went to class with her. Linda was a part of another church, and she didn't go with us to the after school meeting.

The next year when we had been in the fourth grade, I carried on to go with Judy to the church group after school once a week. Then my family moved away in the midst of the season. I never saw Linda or Judy once again, and I never wrote to them or perhaps made some communication with them from that time forth.

When I moved away, I once again went to the children's church group after school once a week in the new region. Then after some time, I and my family joined the church. It grew to become a big portion of the lives of ours.

Life went on with children, marriage, work, college, and school . We moved a few times which included to California, back to Utah, to Virginia, and then again to Utah. When I returned to Utah the last time with social media and the web being readily available, I decided that perhaps I should make an effort to get in touch with Judy after all this time had passed.

Over the years I thought of Judy off and on, though I never made contact. I appreciated her being kind to me although I never ever told her. I manage to see info about her on the web even though I simply had her childhood name. Unfortunately, the info was in her obituary as she'd passed away a couple of years before that time.

With the incredible technology available to us now, old friends will be seen with connections on Email, Facebook, and any other social media. Relationships can again be picked up after years of absence. Simply do not wait around way too long. Old friendships are able to be rekindled, and old friends can bring joy into one's life.

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