I’ve written before about my addiction to Facebook, but one thing I truly love is being able to stay connected to friends new and old. Actually, I prefer to call these friends, “Vintage”. One of the definitions of the word (as defined by Merriam-Webster) is ” a collection of contemporaneous and similar persons or things”. Ok, so I had to look up contemporaneous, but whatever. I think it is a great way to describe some of the friends I get to keep in touch with via Facebook. Whether it is my friends from college or from my hometown, I get to see what goes on in their lives today, what’s important to them, their politics (whether I agree or not) and pictures of them and their families. I also get to wish them happy birthday.
Today, two of my most vintage friends celebrate birthdays. When I think of them, I smile a lot. I laugh a lot, too. I have so many memories collected, like a giant scrapbook in my mind. We used to sleep over at one of the girl’s house on Saturday nights a lot. We’d make pizza rolls and her parents went out for dinner. We thought we were big shots, having the house to ourselves, but really, I think her parents just didn’t want her to be home alone. We’d play records in the living room- Michael Jackson’s, Thriller comes to mind- and make up dances. A couple of the boys from the neighborhood would sneak over, banging on the window, trying to scare us. They succeeded exactly zero times. These were nice boys from the suburbs and sorry fellas, but they weren’t menacing in the least. These were the boys your mom wanted you to date, to grow up and marry. They still are, I know, because I get to see them on Facebook too.
I’m lucky to have these memories. I grew up in a nice neighborhood, filled with nice families and at a time where we had a lot of freedom. We could get on our bikes and ride to each others houses and talk when we needed to. We wrote each other notes about loves lost and stupid algebra class and other important things to a kid. As we grew, we rode around in our parents’ cars and listened to the radio too loud. And when we went off to college, we hoped life wouldn’t change too much. Of course it did, but now we can reconnect and share our lives again. Even though the connection is mostly through hitting ‘like’ on a comment or picture, we stay in each others lives.
Recently, I went through a hard time and a couple of these women reached out to me personally, just to say hi and tell me that they were still around to listen. I was so touched, because it reminded me that no matter how many years may pass, they we remain important to each other because we are part of one another’s history. Vintage, to me, suggests a level of quality and history and these friends are vintage, indeed.
Happy Birthday to my Vintage Friends. You know who you are and I love you.