Not too long ago I came in contact on Facebook with a childhood friend. We've been emailing back and forth and it's been very interesting getting to know the man the young boy I knew has become. There are so many loose ends in our lives...friendships we lose track of, career changes, moves to different communities or even different countries. I dunno about you, but in my case I get to wondering, "If I'd only made this choice..." or "I wonder what ever happened to so-and-so..." Well, in David's case I stumbled across him when I was browsing thru my old hometown's alumni page for the town's one and only high school. When I saw his picture I thought, "Could this actually be little Davey?"...one of 6 brothers who grew up across the street from me in my childhood? So I sent him a message and sure enough, it was.
Facebook is a funny phenomenon. I have developed sort of a Love/Hate relationship with it. I love it because it has brought me in to contact with people I'd always regretted losing contact with. I hate it because, when I have it activated, it cuts in to the little bit of computer time I have on any given day and distracts me too much from other things I enjoy doing...such as blogging and trying to keep up on email. Currently it's deactivated -- I know, I know -- but once I need some information about any of my friends/family, I'll go back to it again. I wouldn't say it's addictive for me by any means but I find myself 'needing' it every now and then and that bugs me. Why, I don't know.
We never know what we'll learn about someone when we 'find' them again after decades of being away from our hometowns. I learned from David that one of his brothers who was my age died in a car accident back in the mid-80's. That was a shock. In my mind's eye his brother will always be forever 14. I learned David pursued the ministry. I learned he's recorded around 20 gospel albums and has published over 90 songs he's written and is to have a book published in the near future. I've learned that he's grown into an amazingly nice man. That he has a beautiful wife and kids and grandkids. For some reason, who he is today just suits who he was so many years ago.
You can't go back and relive the past, that's for sure. But sometimes you can go back and revisit it. Sometimes doors open that let us in and allow us to peek back at who we used to be. And sometimes that just feels good.