Monday, November 3, 2014

Memory Monday: My First Friend

Retired Not Tired Memory Monday
This week I'm joining Memory Monday over at Retired Not Tired. Each week she provides a writing prompt. (Next week is My Family .) Why not head over and share your memories? 

My first friend? Let's see...

.My very first friend to come over and play was W___. (Or at least the first one that I remember having playdates with...) W__ was the youngest daughter of my Dad's best friend at the time, another lobsterman, and she lived about 5 miles away, near Clam City on the island. She had this GORGEOUS super long and thick dark brown hair and LOVED to read.

She a talker! I've never been one to chat on the phone with girlfriends, even as a teen, but she would call up after we spent the day in and out of classes together, wanting to talk for an hour or two, in ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

For a while we had a movie theater on the island, so we would see movies together on the weekends. "Mr. Mom" was one and "Tootsie" another. Oh, and "Xanadu" with Olivia Newton-John. Do you remember those? We were BIG on roller skating, going with our local rec group to "the city" on roller skating nights once a month and stopping at McDonald's. A huge treat!

We had overnights. We ice skated. We played Atari.We teased and tricked our sisters.

But when we reached junior high our friendship changed a bit. We didn't hang out as much. We connected with other girls, had other interests. And in 7th grade she and her family moved away. Over the course of a few years we lost contact. In the years since we have reconnected through Facebook and, believe it or not, the PHONE. We each have our families, children, but there will always be that comfortable friendship from our childhood.




12 comments:

  1. Love this prompt! Junior high tends to be when friend groups shift- I think kids look for others who have the exact same interests. In spite of a few efforts, I have never been able to reconnect with any of my childhood friends- we were the ones who moved.

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    1. Oh! It's too bad you haven't been able to reconnect...But you never know when someone will pop up on Facebook!

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  2. Funny how our friendships shift as we reach that magical time of junior high. Facebook has been a great tool for reconnecting and I'm glad you found your old friend. I haven't been able to reconnect with any friends from elementary school. We moved away and I had to start all over.
    How cool that you lived on an island!

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    1. I've found that even as adults friends grow in different directions, new friendships are formed with new interests, but there is something special about those childhood friendships...

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  3. I too didn't chat on the phone even as a teen,
    Katie atBankerchick Scratchings

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    1. I'm a great texter, but I still, even as an adult, don't like talking on the phone for long periods of time! LOL

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  4. Wonderful memory! Moving away or growing up certainly changed a lot of friendships, Glad you can connect now.

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    1. Reconnections are a lot of fun for sure!

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  5. Sounds like you had some nice times with W. I do remember those movies!

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  6. Oh my .... roller skating, McDonalds and Atari - you're describing my youth pretty accurately!! :)

    I can remember having one girl friend in public school - after we moved away from my first BFF - and she was exactly like your friend. After spending all day at school together, she would call the house after supper and could talk for hours!! And her father was our school principal, so every night I could hear him holler for her to get off the phone and go to bed or he would have us sit in his office all day the next day! LOL

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    1. You must've grew up in the 80s! LOL Too funny about your BFF's Dad!

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