Forever Young


We probably weren’t unusual.

We were a tight-knit group, the staff of The Daily Mississippian. We were not only co-workers at the student newspaper at Ole Miss, we were generally each other’s best friends. And like probably most close-knit college groups, we thought we were different from most close-knit college groups. We figured these bonds would last forever; that we would continue to be friends and continue to get together and continue to be close.

But then time, as it tends to do, went by. Weeks between contact became usual, and stretched into months and stretched into years. And before we knew it, the better part of a decade had passed that many of us hadn’t seen each other. We weren’t so different after all.

The irony, however, is this — the trend has begun to change.

Tutor, Shannon and I

Tutor, Shannon and I

The past two weekends have each featured unplanned mini-reunions. Shannon came last weekend to visit with her daughter Clara; that Chris and his family ended up being in town the same weekend was pure coincidence. Even with the bit of warning we had, we were able to plan only a very brief chat in the lobby of the Space & Rocket Center, but it was the first time the three of us had had together in four years.

Lain, Liz and I

Lain, Liz and I

Lain and I have remained very close over the years, so his visit to Huntsville this weekend wasn’t terribly exceptional. But finding out Saturday morning on Twitter that Liz was coming to town this weekend as well was a very cool surprise. This mini-reunion even had a neat secondary purpose — the three of us all were published in David Pogue’s The World According to Twitter, so had a book-signing session for each other.

In the last few months, I’ve also had the opportunity to see Baker and Joe, but there are still other friends that it’s been way too long since I’ve seen. And I still see less of the others than I would like. But I’m now twice the age that I was when I met Shannon, Tutor and Lain, and it’s still great spending time with them. And, hopefully, we’re now moving in the right direction again.

3 Responses

  1. I guess the court order that forbids more than two of us in the same place at the same time has expired.

  2. Was that a court order? I thought it was just Barton.

  3. Hey we can always do a reunion down under if you guys can charter a plane….

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