A few weeks ago I was in Denver, Colorado attending an annual conference. But, prior to the conference, I had the opportunity to visit with two childhood friends Brian and Mike. Brian resides in Denver and Mike graciously flew to Denver from Utah for our impromptu reunion. I like to say Brian, Mike, and I have a special bond and I think they would agree. A little background regarding the three of us: We all moved to same neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia during the summer of 1984 and became friends shortly thereafter. Brian moved from North Carolina, Mike from California, and I from Delaware. We come from three different ethnic backgrounds, we attended the same high school, and Mike and I were college roommates all four years of college. We have lived across the U.S. and the world, we have attended and participated in one another's weddings, going away parties, baby dedications, and other milestones. We have also been there for one another for whatever life has thrown our way. So, here we were, together again in the same space, the last time this happened was 12 yrs. ago and how did we commemorate this not so often occasion? With a lot of smack talking as the three of us like to do. We pretty much hung out on the various pieces of furniture throughout Brian's home, throwing a football around, and catching up. We discussed politics and our ideologies, our families, our parents (and the influence our parents and the families in which we grew up have influenced us and how we raise our own children), the future and the legacies that we hope to leave, finances, people that we grew up with, the old neighborhood, high school, opportunities seized, and future opportunities to be seized. The conversations were hilarious, provocative, and at times eye-opening. It was great to see how the three of us have evolved and changed and continue to do so and how in some ways we have remained the same. Our short lived reunion lasted about 24 hours and much ground was covered. This visit, as with past ones, strengthened the bonds we have and whetted our appetites for future reunions. Thanks, fellas!
|From L-R: Me, Brian, and Mike (Mike's not one for too many photos, hence him reviewing the menu.)|