Even though it's been many many years since leaving school, I was wondering the other day about old friends and what happened to them. I don't want to compare successes or failures or even to renew friendships. I think it might be nice just to reminisce a bit over email and to personally recognise some regrets at failed relationships and learn from that.
I appreciate that the following names will mean nothing to you - but maybe the examples will remind you of the "best days of your life" and persuade you to get in touch with some people. Friends Reunited helped to fuel the nosiness and Facebook took it to another level but as far as I know, none of these people are on the 'net:
Robin Betts - Officially my best friend at school. We grew up together from the age of 5 to 16 and were close until we just grew apart. I could get in touch with him as I know where his family lives but I have the feeling that we'd just wind each other up if we met up again! I am sure he has become a great success as he was always a decisive and focused person.
Jeremy Court - Potentially the best friend I never quite had. We went to different schools but my Dad knew his Step-Dad. We got on so well and hung out most weekends for a couple of years in our mid teens in the town of Snodland. He was the very cool, good looking one... I was not. Everyone liked Jeremy and had loads of friends but we drifted apart - no arguments, no disagreements, we just moved on.
Paul Hendy - A school friend who was a good footballer, clever, witty and we got to know each other over the course of secondary school. He knew everyone at school and was liked by all.
As for the rest, there have been a few conversations via Friends Reunited or Facebook and some friendships rekindled. What would we do without the Internet?