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Effort And Imagination Makes Friendships

I have a friend named Nora who up until last week I had not seen in maybe 20 years.

I knew Nora when I was in college in Cincinnati. We hung out at the same bars and we knew some of the same people.

A couple of years ago I got to thinking about Nora. I recalled three things about her—

1. She often threw parties and one always felt welcome at her apartment.

2. When I spent a few weeks in Spain in 1988, Nora was one of two people to send me a letter while I was away.

3. Nora sent out holiday cards each year while most people I knew were out drinking and whatnot. I know I did not send out any holiday cards.

It occurred to me that if Nora had these qualities when we were, in essence, kids, that she might well still be a good person.

I tracked Nora down and e-mailed her. We talked on the phone a few times. Last week we had lunch in Cincinnati. She was willing to drive from her home in Columbus, Ohio 220 miles round-trip to have lunch with the wife and myself.

Now I’ve got a friend I’ll have for a long time ahead.   

Somewhere there is somebody from your past who would love to hear from you and would enjoy a renewed friendship.  With a little effort and imagination it can be worked out.    


August 14, 2007 - Posted by | Best Posts July-Dec. 2007, Cincinnati, Good People, Relationships


  1. Good story Neil, I might just follow your advice there at the end of the post.

    Comment by Laz | August 14, 2007

  2. Neil, that is such a great story. I remember driving out to Indiana with you many years ago to watch shooting stars/ meteor showers and you sang West Side Story the whole 40 minute drive. And I remember it was so much fun.

    Comment by Shannon Slim | August 15, 2007

  3. Neil, Excellent point brother – and wonderfully expressed.
    I hope that you are thriving.

    David Grundy

    Comment by David Grundy | August 16, 2007

  4. Thanks for all these nice comments.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | August 27, 2007

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