Friends: my childhood buddy

Friends1My trip to Atlanta and Nashville has already proved to be huge!  Here is just one snippet.

I have not seen Jonathon since I was about 10-years-old.  We were best friends.  We had sleep overs, got in trouble in Sunday school and were there for each other.  I recall the sadness of seeing him move away.  This past weekend we reconnected–about 28 years since seeing each other.  He doesn’t climb trees much anymore, but he still loves to fish. (I still suck at fishing).  We are both men with families.

I was touched when Jon told me that he kept a drawing of the space shuttle I sent him for many years.  I recall him giving me pilot wings that his dad gave him (his dad, deceased while we were kids, worked for an airline).  These tokens since lost in time were not lost in either of our memories.

We visited my mom’s church on Sunday in Dallas, Georgia.  The pastor spoke on friendship, mentioning how he moved away from his childhood best friend.  Who in the Bible did the pastor speak about?  Jonathon. I was sitting next to my friend Jonathon thinking of how neat it was for God to have orchestrated such a sermon for me.  (Yeah, I do think God does that sort of thing!)
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God has serendipitously placed this guy in my life and I in his.  I look forward to continuing our friendship.  Will our paths cross again?  I sure hope so.

While we are on the topic of friendship, my mom has friends I met this weekend.   From right to left:  Espy, Yolanda and my mom.  These are very special people to me now.

Have you ever wondered what happened to your long lost friend?

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

8 comments

  1. That’s really cool, Rich. When I was 15, we moved from the west side of the state to the east side. I see my “east side” friends all the time, but it’s been several years since I’ve seen any of my “west side” friends. That said, one of my “west side” friends is a successful consultant in his field and has a cool website up. I’ve been saying, “I’ve gotta get a hold of Kyle” for a couple of years now. It’s important to reconnect with your past sometimes, especially when you’ve shared some important times together.

  2. That’s really cool, Rich. When I was 15, we moved from the west side of the state to the east side. I see my “east side” friends all the time, but it’s been several years since I’ve seen any of my “west side” friends. That said, one of my “west side” friends is a successful consultant in his field and has a cool website up. I’ve been saying, “I’ve gotta get a hold of Kyle” for a couple of years now. It’s important to reconnect with your past sometimes, especially when you’ve shared some important times together.

  3. That’s really cool, Rich. When I was 15, we moved from the west side of the state to the east side. I see my “east side” friends all the time, but it’s been several years since I’ve seen any of my “west side” friends. That said, one of my “west side” friends is a successful consultant in his field and has a cool website up. I’ve been saying, “I’ve gotta get a hold of Kyle” for a couple of years now. It’s important to reconnect with your past sometimes, especially when you’ve shared some important times together.

  4. That’s really cool, Rich. When I was 15, we moved from the west side of the state to the east side. I see my “east side” friends all the time, but it’s been several years since I’ve seen any of my “west side” friends. That said, one of my “west side” friends is a successful consultant in his field and has a cool website up. I’ve been saying, “I’ve gotta get a hold of Kyle” for a couple of years now. It’s important to reconnect with your past sometimes, especially when you’ve shared some important times together.

  5. Thanks to Google, I found my best friend’s sister (they lived up the dirt road from us). I live several hundred miles away from where we lived. The sister now lives exactly 30 miles away from where I do now. We are close friends now after a lapse of 37 years. There’s something like a homecoming in hearing the same accent and we have very common points of view.

  6. Thanks to Google, I found my best friend’s sister (they lived up the dirt road from us). I live several hundred miles away from where we lived. The sister now lives exactly 30 miles away from where I do now. We are close friends now after a lapse of 37 years. There’s something like a homecoming in hearing the same accent and we have very common points of view.

  7. Thanks to Google, I found my best friend’s sister (they lived up the dirt road from us). I live several hundred miles away from where we lived. The sister now lives exactly 30 miles away from where I do now. We are close friends now after a lapse of 37 years. There’s something like a homecoming in hearing the same accent and we have very common points of view.

  8. Thanks to Google, I found my best friend’s sister (they lived up the dirt road from us). I live several hundred miles away from where we lived. The sister now lives exactly 30 miles away from where I do now. We are close friends now after a lapse of 37 years. There’s something like a homecoming in hearing the same accent and we have very common points of view.

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