I had a bit of an odd dream a couple of nights ago. An old friend from high school made an appearance - just bumped into her, exchanged a few pleasantries and we each went on our way. We had, as I said, met in high school. If I'm being truthful, she was probably my first adolescent crush, but once I realized nothing romantic was going to happen, we fell into an easy friendship. She was just a great person - very caring and always happy and a smile that just made you feel better. We spent a lot of time together - in person and on the phone. Then, I think in our final year, we drifted apart. In part, if memory serves, because she started dating someone outside of our mutual circle of friends and acquaintances.
I remember seeing her once a few years after graduating from high school. I was in a local drinking establishment with some university friends in my home town of Chateauguay and I saw her alone at a table. We nodded to each other, but her body language said "stay away". She looked sad and tired and somehow hardened. That was probably 25 years ago and that was the last time that I saw her.
I wonder why she decided to pop up in my sub-conscious after all these years. I'm glad that she did. She was a definite bright spot in my teens. I've been thinking a bit about her these past couple of days since my dream. I searched for her unsuccessfully on Facebook and Google. Anyway, I hope that she's somewhere good and happy.