We attended a funeral today for the mother of one of my favorite childhood friends. In attendance were several other friends from our class and I was overwhelmed with a flood of memories. I went to elementary, junior high and high school with these kids, but it was those early years in 4-7 grade that are the most memorable. We were really into slumber parties and it seemed there was one at someone's house at least once a month. Lots of fun and lots of great memories. We grow up and move on and we lose track of our friends. It's kind of sad, but inevitable. It happens to everyone. And even with the best of intentions, it's hard to stay in contact with everyone through out the years. When we're young, it difficult to comprehend how precious these moments are and what they will some day mean to us. Time moves so quickly... cherish who is in your life while they're in it. If you're fortunate enough to still be in relationship with those friends 20-30 years down the line, it is a rare wonderful blessing.