Confirm Friend Request – July 2020

Copyright Jean L Hayes

 

Ahead of me, she peers through the patterned window of the tea-shop.  She’ll hate arriving first, as would I, but enters anyway.

I hesitate, wondering why I’m here.

Does either of us really have an appetite for this reunion, for reminiscing, revisiting roads not travelled, the gates to them now closed by the years?  Do I really need to remember who I was, how I was…

The doorbell chimes again.  She’s decided to leave without seeing me.

“Ellen…” I call.

“Grace!”

We re-enter the tea-shop giggling, arm in arm.

Affectionate nostalgia overwhelms us – hopefully arming us for the fray ahead.

 

The photo is a prompt from 7 years ago, but my story is a new one.  I was going to re-post my old entry but I see not many people understood it.  And, frankly, nor did I at first re-reading. 😦  Sometimes you can be just too obscure for your own good.  Thanks to Rochelle, our Friday Fictioneer leader. 

About Sandra

I used to cruise the French waterways with my husband four or five months a year, and wrote fiction and poetry. Now I live on the beautiful Dorset coast, enjoying the luxury of being able to have a cat, cultivating an extensive garden and getting involved in the community. I still write fiction, but only when the spirit moves me - which isn't as often as before. I love animals, F1 motor racing, French bread and my husband, though not necessarily in that order.
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65 Responses to Confirm Friend Request – July 2020

  1. neilmacdon says:

    A beautifully-observed moment

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  2. Nicely done, a reunion after many years can be tricky, I had one a couple of weeks ago and it was really fun, seeing them soon.

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  3. ceayr says:

    Delightful!
    And I love that you didn’t understand your own story, a recurring situation for me…

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  4. Reunions can go either way. I hope theirs went well 🙂

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  5. Dear Sandra,

    This hits home with me. A few years back some former classmates decided to meet. I hadn’t seen them since HS and was never in their social circle. I arrived late after making a last minute decision to go. Never regretted it. How much we changed in 40 years.
    Love your story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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  6. Reunions can be fraught with difficulty. Thought provoking piece of writing, Sandra.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  7. Iain Kelly says:

    Sounds like a lot of old history between them. I hope old wounds aren’t reopened.

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  8. elmowrites says:

    Such a recognisable feeling, I’m glad your narrator took the plunge and called out and I love how they are instantly giggling and close, papering over the nerves.
    It’s so nice to read you again, Sandra.

    Jen

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    • Sandra says:

      Lovely to see you back on here, Jen. Hope all is well with the family. Yes I can identify with the conflict of emotions. Not sure whether I might just have stayed silent and let it play out.

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  9. This is lovely, I can only hope it went well. I had a reunion with workmates after 40 years recently. We won’t be having another one!

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  10. trishsplace says:

    Happy they didn’t miss the opportunity to reconnect. It can be daunting, but often rewarding.

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  11. Liz Young says:

    Whereas I have reposted mine from seven years ago! I like your two friends – I hope their reunion is the restarting point.

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  12. Carole and Barrie Grant says:

    And who hasn’t been in a similar situation. In the end, it is that long standing acquaintance/friendship with someone that really matters. Thanks for this!

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  13. Gabriella says:

    I love how you convey the anxiety and the awkwardness of this kind of reunion. Nice they did not walk away in the end.

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  14. Ah, Sandra, the complicated realities of some reunions … Something tells me that one of them may be in town and had suggested it, and perhaps not in the best time for the other … May it be more good than bad for them. …

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  15. Great story! I also confess to sometimes not understanding my own stories. (Or not remembering what on earth I meant by them.)

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  16. msjadeli says:

    This line jumps out at me: “Do I really need to remember who I was, how I was…” Long-lost friends and relatives are good for triggering all of that. Good capture of thoughts and emotions.

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  17. plaridel says:

    for old times’s sake. hopefully, it works for both of them. 🙂

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  18. Dale says:

    How funny you didn’t “get” your own story from back there.
    These reunions can be such a stress-inducer – and often for no good reason.
    I love how you’ve brought us into this.

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  19. Tannille says:

    I think we’ve all been in this situation. Relatable, well done!

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  20. James McEwan says:

    I know the feeling. What are you supposed to say after decades of silence?

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  21. draliman says:

    I’ve been a similar situation, but once we met up it was just like it always was. I hope it’s the same for your protagonists, they’re off to a good start!

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  22. Bill says:

    There’s a fray ahead? Oh, dear. Humans! What are we to do? Good story. I enjoyed it.

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  23. A story about the feelings one has when reuniting with someone from long ago.
    I could feel the anticipation. Let’s hope it does work out for them. Sometimes, it doesn’t.
    Be Safe … Isadora 😎

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  24. granonine says:

    I hope the warmth continues. Good story 🙂

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  25. subroto says:

    Affectionate nostalgia, that in itself is worth a lot. Nice story Sandra.

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  26. Nobbinmaug says:

    Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? You never know unless you try. Some reunions are awkward and some are like you were never apart.

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  27. Old friendships are delightful. There’s joy in remembering, even the not so great stuff, together. I enjoyed your story.

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  28. The reunions that DID work for me were the ones I didn’t expect anything good of, so I’m glad she decided to take the shot. Who was it said, I only regret the chances I didn’t take?

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  29. Mike says:

    I great little snippet, which had me thinking of past reunions,

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