Back when I was in grade seven, I switched schools, to one that was outside the attendance area of my home, that being St. Andrew's Junior High School. The change came pretty suddenly, as I had already attended my first day of class of grade seven at Milne Valley Middle School prior to switching. Looking back, I would have done that all over again, but one thing that never sat right with me was that I never got a chance to stay in touch with friends of mine from both Milne Valley and Three Valleys Public School (the MV feeder elementary school that I attended). Years and decades have gone by, and as much as I've tried, I was not able to really reconnect with anyone, except for a few isolated cases. This finally changed this year.
Thanks to Facebook, I was able to start reconnecting friends from back in the day. Starting with Karen, the people that I reconnected have since has snowballed to a point where a reunion event was organized for this past Saturday. Since I had not seen many people for over fifteen years, I really wanted to see how everyone was doing.
While I didn't know everyone there, it was nice to see the ones I did know again. We all got caught up on what we are doing today, and spent a lot of time reminiscing about the good old days.
There was one sobering moment when I found out about what happened to my friend, Daniel Tallon, about four years ago. Despite the troubles that he went through since we last spoke, I still treasure the time that we had together when we were young. The summer days long past when Damien, Justin, Daniel and me would play basketball outside my house, or all the interesting discoveries that we made with cable television, telephone and computers. I think in a way, Daniel was perhaps the first person I knew who was willing to share his knowledge to others, thus giving me my start with the more interesting side of computers. I remember that he was the one who hooked me up unlimited Internet access, back when Internet access even over dialup was considered a rarity. Daniel, it was a privilege to have been your friend; wherever you may be, I hope you are resting in peace.
Thanks to Melissa who along with some others that I don't know, for organizing this event. I definitely know how difficult it is to get such a large number of people to come together.
To those that I knew in elementary school, Damien, Ryan, Melissa, Anna (sorry I didn't get a chance to talk to you), and to those that I knew in middle school, Wilfred and Alan, and to those that I met (Sarah, Mike, I'm sure there's more, but I'm terrible with names), it was great seeing all of you again. To those that couldn't make it, I'm sure there will be a next time in the near future. It certainly won't be another fifteen years, that's for sure. Until next time!