Life is funny sometimes.
Last week I was worried about what I would write about during my surgery recovery. I knew my life would border on coma-inducing boredom for a few weeks. My big event each day is taking a shower and smiling at my new (still taped up) boobs in the bathroom mirror as I do so. Showering exhausts me to the point of needing a nap. And so goes my recovery ….
I mean, really, what could possibly happen in my always-eventful life if I am just sitting at home day after day?
I just don't think it's possible for me to have a boring life … or week, for that matter. Out of the blue, after twenty years of no contact, I got an email from my old college boyfriend this week. Do any of you remember when I wrote about him (Big Weenie) last March?
Since Big Weenie's initial contact this week we've exchanged a few emails. I've got to say the whole back-in-touch thing feels surreal. People from my past live on in my memory as if time has stood still, but now reality has burst my bubble and reminded me I'm not twenty anymore. For that matter, neither is Big Weenie.
By the way, he's married; I'm married.
Big Weenie has three kids; I have three kids.
My kids are nearly grown and his are babies.
(For the record, he's older than I am. I feel a strong need to point that out.)
Big Weenie found me via Facebook. I opened a facebook account a long time ago, and had never looked at it again. I simply don't have the time for facebook, twitter, writing 24, and my real life. Nonetheless, he found me and his email asked, "Want to catch up?"
It's been twenty years … do you want to catch up?
Inexplicably I felt the urge to laugh and cry at the exact same instant, and yet I don't understand why.
Modern technology is a funny thing, isn't it? A person's current reality and past can collide in an instant.
I gave Big Weenie a link to Twenty Four At Heart. The next day I got another email saying he had logged on to 24 and read about my accident. It had shaken him up quite a bit.
I know a lot of you have had similar experiences. I've read about people finding lost family members via the Internet. Some of you have written me emails about reconnecting with old friends and boy/girlfriends after many years of no contact.
I guess I'm looking for feedback today. Is it a good thing? Have you had a similar experience? What are the positives? What are the negatives? At what point does it feel normal and stop feeling so surreal.
And, oh yeah, hi Big Weenie! I hope you still have a sense of humor. Welcome to Twenty Four At Heart.
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