Tonight I had a lovely chat
with an old friend!
She wasn't an old friend when I first met her
at the McTavish Business College
where we were both preparing ourselves
for the business world
and secretarial duties.
Norma's family lived in Vermilion
so she was batching it in one room in Edmonton
while she attended college.
You know how it is when you meet someone
there is an affection and a realization
that this is a kindred spirit!!!
We were only close in companionship for a couple of dozen months
but it is a friendship that has lasted
since those long ago years we were both in our late teens
until now, - when we are both
well into our nineties.
The phone calls that put me in touch with her these days
bring back so many memories
of the times we spent together in those early years....
lunching together, haunting gift card shops
and china and linen stores.
hiking by the Saskatchewan River
with frying pan and pork chops
(as an aside, I was hiking with Norma when I met Charles and seduced him
with pork chops and fried potatoes and niblets)
Norma and I were both part of a group of girls
who regularly hosted dances for servicemen/
(where she met her future husband)
It is a friendship I treasure
and am so grateful for.
The oldest friend I have alive!
And the dearest one left......