Childhood Friends on Facebook

Facebook has made old connections come alive. I imagine just about every user has run across someone they once knew and got a chance to catch up.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Imaginary Friend.” Many of us had imaginary friends as young children. If your imaginary friend grew up alongside you, what would his/her/its life be like today? (Didn’t have one? write about a non-imaginary friend you haven’t seen since childhood.)

My best friend when I was 8 was Mike. We’d do all sorts of stuff together like watch Star Wars at the theater and write stories together. One of our stories we entered into a contest it and won 1st prize at the Orange County Fair. I can still remember asking my mom and dad if he could sleep over and vice versa. Mike could draw an excellent C-3PO and as I recall I was deft with my Darth Vader sketches. I was luck to have a friend like Mike all those years ago. I understand some people had “imaginary friends” at that age but I really don’t think I ever had one of those. I lost touch with Mike in High School and heard he had some sort of heart surgery. I always wanted to find out about that but never did. It’s amazing how easily we fall out of touch with friends after High School.

Mike went on to amazing things in video, music video to be exact. He did the video for the Stereophonics “Have a Nice Day.” It is so great to see my best friend from 3rd grade doing such incredible artistic things. I connected with mike a few years back on Facebook and Twitter. I shared with him how I had become a teacher and he wrote what he was up to. We’re both married with families of our own now. My youngest daughter is now 8. She has a few close friends but I wonder if their friendship will resonate so loud that they’ll still post to each other on social media when she’s 46. Hope so, it’s a neat thing.

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