It takes a long time to grow an old friend. ~ John Leonard
People change, their priorities change and yet there is a common thread that binds old friends. The thread of shared memories. The year 2017 marks the 25th year of my passing out of college. It started with a nostalgic reunion with my old classmates from college at the silver jubilee meet in Delhi in February.
Connecting on social media had smoothed out the initial awkwardness of meeting after such a long gap as we got to know what each person had been up to in life since we were last together. With joy and anticipation, we planned to meet a day before the reunion.
If you’re old enough to have a job and to have a life, you use Facebook exactly as advertised, you look up old friends. ~ Jaron Lanier
The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart. ~ Elisabeth Foley
Nostalgia struck as we reminisced about the times we had spent in the old campus during our college days. Delhi Technical University was then known as Delhi College of Engineering. The campus where we studied was at Kashmiri Gate in Old Delhi. A new sprawling campus was coming up at Rohini, in the outskirts of Delhi. We had been to the site of the new campus a couple of times with our professors to study the design of the foundation. Three years after we had passed out, the college shifted out of its old premises into the new campus.
While they talked they remembered the years of their youth and each thought of the other as he had been at another time. ― John Williams
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
We remembered our teachers and the projects and training that we had done together. We burst into laughter recollecting the stories of the monkeys who resided in the campus and frequented our classrooms from time to time. We recalled a field trip to Nainital and Dehradun when a massive earthquake shook up the whole state in the middle of the night; it had left us completely shaken up.
A good friend is a connection to life — a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world. ~Lois Wyse
Age appears to be best in four things; old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read. ~Francis Bacon
On the next day, we had the opportunity to meet some of our old professors and some distinguished alumni the felicitation ceremony was held at Air Force Auditorium.
However, sometimes people drift so apart that after the initial euphoria has fizzled out there’s nothing more to talk about. The next quote conveys this uneasy thought.
It’s always hard when you’ve known a person a long time and then you have to recognise that you have nothing left in common but your memories.” ~ Eva Heller
But then, chances are higher that reconnecting with old friends will rekindle your inner spirit.
Old stories are like old friends. You have to visit them from time to time. ~ George R.R. Martin
In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~Albert Schweitzer
We had parted with a resolve to meet again to make new memories. Five of us have teamed up for an all women’s trip together to Moscow & St Petersburg. So, yes travel stories are to follow.
PS: This is a scheduled post.