by Maggie Sefton
Ever since Labor Day, I've been visiting with old friends from childhood in Northern Virginia. I grew up across the street from two sisters, Nancy and Diane, in Arlington, Virginia. I was six years old, Nancy was five, and Diane was four. We grew up together, played together, walked to school together every day (elementary, junior high, senior high), and shared every stage of childhood together. We all went to separate colleges and universities, but always returned to our childhood homes across the street from one another and shared our experiences.
As the years passed, we each married and started building separate lives and careers with our husbands, and moved away from Arlington. Nancy and Diane and their families both live west of Arlington in Vienna, Virginia, a lovely wooded suburb. Our family lived in Fairfax, Virginia, then moved to West Lafayette, Indiana (home of Purdue University) then moved to Fort Collins, Colorado (home of Colorado State University), where I continue to live today. No matter where we all lived, we still managed to see each other even if it was only in summer or during holidays when we returned to see our families. We would share some of the various adventures and challenges that Life had presented to us along the way. Shared Life's "seasons", if you will.
As we've matured and aged over the years, I've noticed that those childhood-into-adulthood relationships have grown dearer and more precious to me. I treasure them. And I now make it a point to return and visit my dear childhood friends more frequently. It's become much more important for me to keep in touch. How about you? Do you still stay in touch with childhood friends?
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