Sunday, May 23, 2004

Old Friends

This weekend's assignment:
The summer before second grade I moved to another new place and had to make more new as an Army brat, you know.
My first day at my new house, I was outside watching the movers take the boxes in, and an older girl stopped by on her bike, and said, "You're the same age as my sister, I'll go get her."
The sister, Carrie, came over, and that was my first best friend in second grade.  She lived across the street from me on the Army base, as did my other best friends Eileen and Crystal, and the four of us remained best friends until I moved away after 4th grade.
My memories of that friendship are precious to me, with lots of slumber parties, secret clubs, and gymnastics and skating sessions.  Life was good.
I really didn't keep in touch very well with my friends after I moved, but our mothers did, for the most part!  I last saw Eileen when she came to visit in 8th grade...she is now a mother living in New Mexico.  I last saw Carrie when I went to visit her while I was in high school...she still lived in the same area, and has since married an Army GI (still living the life!).  I haven't seen Crystal since my teen years, either, and we've unfortunately lost touch.  But I'll always appreciate making such good friends so quickly in a new place, when I really needed it!
And for my extra credit, the 2nd grade me: