Old Friends

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Today was a good day.

Years ago, when Shane was 5, he started school at Shirley Primary School in Christchurch. On his very first day of school he sat next to a little boy named Harrison. It was Harrison’s first day of school too, and they quickly became best friends as they learned together and became familiar with the new school routines. They knew each other a little as they had both had a couple of school visits together before their big first day. Shane and Harrison were best friends right up until we left Christchurch four years ago to move down here, and then unfortunately with time and space between them, they lost touch.

It turns out Facebook can actually be good for something, as a few months ago, Shane and Harrison found each other on Facebook. They started chatting and catching up on each others lives. Then this week, Harrison’s cricket team came down to Invercargill for a tournament.

Today, Shane went to watch Harrison’s cricket team play at Southland Boys High School. It was great to see him with a big smile on his face, talking about how comfortable he was with Harrison and his teammates, as though time and distance had done nothing to change their relationship. He was stoked to spend time with him and find that he still had lots in common with his friend, and that he had not changed so much, like other friends who he’d recently caught up with through Facebook who appear to have changed quite drastically.

It was a good day for him, and he’s looking forward to seeing him again in march when we all head up to Christchurch for Aunty Karla’s wedding.

A special treat that came in the mail today


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