Friday, 8 August 2014

Old friends

 

I am on Facebook but don't spend much time on it. I use it most to check out what my family is up to and chat to them if I can catch them there. Another cool thing is to get in touch again with old friends.
Through another old friend I recently found back the one on the right in the picture above. We caught up on many, many years by email and found out that we had something in common we didn't know. We both have a blog and we both write poetry. I will ask permission to translate a poem of her as I love her work.

The above photo was made in 1980 on the yearly fair in September in my home town. I was 19 years old. There is a fair in every town in Holland and usually there is also a huge tent with a band. As you see above we did a lot of dancing. We were party animals. We had so much fun on a weekly base and have many stories to tell. We hang out in groups and went with mopeds to pubs in surrounding towns or with the train to the city to go to a disco. No cell phones, no computers just talking and dancing.
My friend is the one biking in the ditch in this story I don't regret any of it. It was part of being young and it is nice to look back on another time and another me. Nice too to catch up on memories
Yeeh I am that old. Next year I am going back to Holland for a visit and look forward meeting up again my family and with past friends. It is also interesting to look back on that time and be able to discuss how you experienced it and see if this matches with your friends experience from the past. Could be quite a surprise. Also good to hear how the rest of their lives went and to see if they changed much. Are you in touch with people from your youth?

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  1. Leuk om zo'n oude vriendin weer terug te vinden, dat zijn de voordelen van Facebook inderdaad. Ik heb in 2009 een reunie van middelbare school de MMS gehad en dat is wel gek als je na 50 jaar je klasgenoten weer terugziet, allemaal oude grijze dames geworden.

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    1. Lijkt me wel leuk een reunie met grijze dames

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  2. Actually no, it appears that all my old childhood and teenage friends have drifted off to disappear into the mist. Given that I graduated high school in June of 1984 that shouldn't be a surprise, but everyone seems to have moved away during the four years I was in the army. When I got home in 1990 it was almost eerie how nearly all my friends had disappeared.

    Now, truthfully sometime around 1995 or 1996 I literally stumbled upon a couple who had been high school sweethearts and gotten married after graduation. While I was glad to see them they were very surprised to see me, apparently a rumor got started that I had died a few years before.

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    1. That must be a weird experience for them to see you alive

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  3. I've known one of my best friends since we were six, and another one used to live in the same street as I did as a kid. She was one year older, and we weren't really friends back then (I think it's not cool as on 'old' kid, to hang out with the little ones...). We became classmates when we were 16 and are friends ever since.

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    1. SInce you were six Wow that is special What a long time friendship

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  4. Sounds like you had plenty of fun in your youth. I'm still in touch with several of my old high school friends. Nice photo.

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    1. Nice to keep in touch with old friends Juliet

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  5. Great shot of you back in your youth...
    I have a cousin that I grew up with and I call her almost every day ...we laugh at some the good times we had back then ...

    Take care dear Marja

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  6. I just read that post from '08. that was quite an adventure .. I used to love going to the fairs in my younger days and did a lot of times with my cousin, oh, it was fun ...

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    1. Yeh fairs are great the good old time

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  7. Oh it's wonderful catching up and reminiscing with friends from our carefree childhood days!
    This is the advantage of social media working in the way it was intended!
    You must have had so much fun Marja!!!!

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    1. Oh yes lots of fun Carefree is the right word for that time

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  8. Hmm. You look great. I would definitely have noticed you on the dance floor but would probably have been to shy and awkward to introduce myself. It so happens I was just reminiscing about Dutch friends on my blog before coming over here to this post.

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    1. Thanks LGS It was a long long time ago. I will check out your Dutch friends

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  9. Hi Marja - what a lot of fun you seem to be having .. and a great photo. Your trip over to the Netherlands will be wonderful - you'll be so pleased to be here for a holiday catching up with family and friends ... and then no doubt happy to be home down under again. Wonderful days .. cheers Hilary

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  10. How lovely to catch up with old friends.. and love that photo... FB I am not a member of.. But I can see how contacting family and friends on there is so useful..
    Lovely that your friend enjoys the same interests as you do Marja.. :-)
    I hope you are enjoying your weekend..
    Love Sue

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  11. Hallo Marja,
    Weer een hele tijd geleden dat ik Blogger bezocht heb en dacht ff neuzen op Marja's Blog, en zag toen dit berichtje. Grappig ik ken jou oude vriendin ook nog wel van gezicht!! Dit is waarschijnlijk dan een oude Wijchense - tent Kermis foto?!
    Groetjes en tot Blogs,
    Eef

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