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Invisible Friends

Updated on October 7, 2017
Friends around the world
Friends around the world

I have had many friends in my lifetime. Last year I attended my fifty year high school reunion. We did have a ten year and a twenty-five year reunion. However there was something about the fifty year reunion that seemed special. I keep in touch with some of those old high school classmates through Facebook. Many live far away and except for chats on Facebook I will never see them again unless we have another reunion.

I now know that about fifteen of our class of a hundred and twenty-eight are deceased. A few of those were a shock to me since we were good friends in school. I will be sixty-nine at the end of September so I guess it is obvious I am on the downhill side of life. One of my classmates, a retired pastor lives about ten miles from me. We have had dinner with our wives a couple of times.

I have other friends on Facebook that I have come in contact with. Some are writer friends such as myself and some just came into my life other ways. I have Facebook friends in the USA, Australia, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Russia and they are like an invisible family to me. I most likely will never see those people in person, but we talk on Facebook and share our ups and downs in life just like they lived next door to me.

Friends are friends no matter what. When I was a little boy it was a different time, no computers, cell phones, Internet, social media. Now we can chat with someone half way around the world just like they are standing next to us. The thought of that was science fiction when I was a little boy. I have seen many changes in my almost sixty-nine years, but friendship is still friendship. Whether you are an old classmate of mine, a former co-worker, or someone I met through writing or some other way you touch my heart in many ways.

I am glad to know all of my friends, you are all special to me.


Copyright Larry W. Fish 2017

© 2017 Larry W Fish

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      Dennis L. Page 

      5 months ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

      We have met a lot of people through our writing and many of these people have stayed with us for quite a long time. I've learned so much from my writing and internet friends and we have formed strong bonds. I'm glad we are friends, Larry.

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      Linda Crampton 

      12 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely tribute to your friends, Larry. I graduated from a high school located far away from my present home and have never been to a reunion. I sometimes visit the school's website, though, and was shocked to read about the death of a classmate at a relatively young age. Our friends are important. It's good to stay in touch when we can, as you have done.

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