Two Old Friends Meet For Coffee

Two Old Friends

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Two old friends meet for Coffee

Johnnie Fowler and Marion Frye graduated high school together and were the best of friends. Side by side they attended the same school, same grade. They were next door neighbors and fought and played together like brothers. Johnnie joined the air force and made it a career. Marion went to University and opened a law office in the small town where they grew up. Ever now and then they would hear about each other through relatives and friends, but over the years had lost contact with each other.

Johnnie came to town for a holiday with his family, and made it a priority to call his old friend Marion.

“Hello Marion,” Johnnie here.

“Johnnie! Hey man, what a surprise! Where are you? How are you?”

“I’m here, in town. Thought we might meet at Maggie’s Café and chat a while. Love to see you."

“Sure Johnnie.” I’m free today at 2 O’clock, is that O.K.?”

Coffee at Maggie's Cafe

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Old times

Reminiscing

A hearty hand shake, a familiar warm feeling and the two sat down at the same sunny table as 30 years ago and ordered a cup of coffee. At this stage of their life, the mirror is not merciful and both took notice of physical changes time had etched. They talked of career choices and family and opened their wallets to show pictures of kids and grand kids, reminiscing memories of their childhood way past the third cup of coffee.

Do you remember this? Do you remember that? The conversation did not lull, and they laughed and talked until the sun was no longer shinning on their table.

“Promise me, next time you come to town, Johnnie, call in advance, I’d like to have you come over for dinner and meet the family, or better than that, bring your family and let’s just paint the town and get reacquainted. It’s been a pleasure seeing you again.”

They parted with a hearty hug, and a slap on the back, and went their separate ways. Both paused and glanced back. They waved, each realizing the clock of time was ticking. Remembering the joys of Spring, the bountiful Summers, and now the reflective Fall, apprehensive of the approaching Winter. Tick, tick, tick, tick.


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Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Hello Anne,

This truly represents how time goes by so fast..savoring every moment..old friends, and family.

Thank you for sharing,

Happy Holidays,

Sunnie


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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

Time goes by so fast and old friends just do not get together often enough. They need to make a conscious effort to get together. Beautiful story.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Wonderful story to read this morning. Vote up and awesome.


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NiaLee 4 years ago from BIG APPLE

I love that warm feeling and the connection at Maggie's cafe. I feel like I can see them, smell the coffee and rejoice in the simplicity of the moment. Some people will always be friends though we see each other or not, talk to each other or not.

I hope for moments like that when I go back home next year... I know tears will flow. When I met a friend that was a brother, he became Muslim, wears the beard and has a strict Muslim life with his family... he screamed, gave me a hug and cried... every body was in shock...real friends never lie. their reaction is instinct!

Love and peace to you all and thank you so much for sharing such a precious moment with us, for letting us live it with you.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

hello Anne, I am always amazed at these stories of friendships that span the decades. You have penned this so well.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I can relate to this story, when I visit old friends back in the UK. The last time I went I didn't know that it would be the last time I would ever see one of them. Time passes so quickly and changes happen so unexpectedly.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Sunny..Those friendships made early in life, we never forget. They are the first bonding experience. I have special affection for my childhood friends. Like kin.

Becky..Time slips away don't it? But we never forget where friendship starts. So go ahead and make the effort, call an old friend.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Writer20..Faithful with your comments. Always glad to see you. Also, I just bet, you're a faithful old friend.

Nailee..Old friends are like flowers. A little water and sunshine will keep them growing. I'm sure next year when you go home, it will be a joyous thing for you. Your heart sounds mellow. Thanks for the comment.

Mckbird..I have a friend (childhood) that I haven't seen in years. We email, and it's like we've never been apart. Comfortable and Amazing. AD2


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Rosemary, Time does go quickly. Sometimes old friends change, but for the most part, there is always a bond there. I'm sorry you lost a friend, but glad you got to see them while you were home.


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

Beautiful story with a relevant message: time flies. Your last paragraph is precious.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Well, hello Ms. Dora. Thanks for stopping by. Boy, you're right, time does fly!


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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

anndavis: Life is like that, but not if God is your best friend. He will never permit you to drift away once you have become His friend. You may try and hide out of shame but He knows where you are always and knows how to fix things.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

A lovely story ann, I really enjoyed reading this. Yes time passes too quickly.

voted up, best wishes MM


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

I guess there's no way we will ever turn back the hand of time. But if we focus on the future and trust God to reunite us again with loved ones we should do OK.


stessily 4 years ago

Ann, Making a point to cross paths, albeit infrequently, with old friends reveals intertwined hearts. It's something to look forward to, and the good feelings linger for a long time. Well done!


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john000 4 years ago from Superior, Arizona

Great story. This same sort of thing can happen on Facebook. I just recently got reacquainted with a friend from service 43 years ago. He really enjoyed the photos of him I took when he was 19! I was interested to find out he was an extremely successful business man. Tick, tick, tick. Thumbs up.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

John000, you have brought joy to an old friend. May it continue. thanks for stopping by.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Time flies by with a blink of an eye. Meeting old friends is really great, brings back special memories. Enjoyed reading. Voted up.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

March 17, 2012 @ 11:58 a.m., CDST

Dear Ann,

Voted UP and ALL ACROSS. This, my dear, is MY TYPE of hub. Emotionally fulfilling; In-depth; touched my heart so much; Realistic and genuine. What a wonderful person and writer YOU ARE. Loved this with all my heart!

Thanks for sharing. And I shared this on Facebook.

YOUR friend for LIFE,

Kenneth


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Kenneth, I thought you'd never visit me. I'm honored.

Please come again. AD


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

My Dear Ann, I am so sorry for the slow process of coming to see you. I am the one who's honored, my dear. And feeling pretty low for not getting here sooner. I have been battling and enduring this Fibromyalgia and Neurothopy when the rain comes and turns damp, but still, I have no excuse. I feel so bad at being late to read ONE OF THE BEST HUBS Ive read lately. Ann, dear, you are without a doubt, so talented that I could cry. Your style of writing is so graceful and with such effortless work that I want you to teach me these techniques.

And too, I am seeking ways on the net to make some extra money in the month for the medicines I have to take in order to just cope with life, have grown very expensive. Blogging isnt my cup of tea. Ive tried that and NO results. Taking surveys bites. YOU get paid 25 cents for taking a 20-minute survey. And have to reach a huge amount before YOU even see a check.

If you know of any jobs I can do at home, legitimate jobs, for not all of net jobs are legal. I found that out. Just let me know.

And I do appreciate YOU SO MUCH, dear Ann. And please forgive me for being so slow.

I LOVE YOUR WORK. Especially THIS ONE. Makes me think of my best pal, Donald Burgett, who I grew up with and who also loves black coffee and entertaining people.

Ann, you can write me anytime you like. I would love to correspond with you. If you like.

Sincerely,

KENNETH :)


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Ken, I have a friend in Virginia who does Internet Marketing. I will be in touch with him to see if he has any advice for you.

Thanks for the accolades.


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Dearest Ann, good friend . . .thank YOU, from the core of my heart. I mean that and with NO humor too. I will be anxiously-awaiting your find. And listen, Ann, you DESERVE the accolades. And more!

And as long as Im on Hubs, YOU WILL get MORE!

Kenneth

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