I just spent a glorious weekend with four of my best friends from high school - 24 years after graduation. The last time we had *all* been in the same room together was four years ago at our 20th class reunion. There is another one of our "group" that couldn't make it. And one of the ones that did was a surprise.
Although we had to spend quite a bit of time catching up on each other's lives (we'd all kept in touch, but not with the details), it was as if high school was yesterday. We all laughed, cried, talked, sang, hugged - just as if we'd been together forever. Some of us are in different stages of our lives and we are all very different -- kids range from 21 to 9; one is recently divorced, 4 are married, 2 are on their second marriage; 2 are deeply faithful/religious, 2 are relatively religious/faithful, one is agnostic; 2 are pt-employed, 3 are ft; one just went from homeschooling and SAHMing for 10 years to having to work pt; some are fat, some are thin; etc, etc -- but it was like we were all the same. We didn't need to be the same to love each other as we did 24 years ago.
We also vowed not to let it take this long again. Only one of us (the one that couldn't make it) lives farther than 150 miles from any of the others, so we realized that it's shameful that we dont' see each other more often.
Anyway, I just wanted to open up a fluff discussion about your best friends from high school. Are you still in contact? Do you get together regularly? Have you grown apart? Or, like us, have you just grown different?