I didn’t have this picture of Judy and Emily when I wrote the earlier March post about the wedding. Emily gave it to me today. Thinking about their friendship reminds me of my school friends I have kept in touch with for so many years. One particular friend, Diane Porter Snyder, has been my friend since we were in first grade together at Liberty-Benton School. By the way, LB just went to the State for basketball and lost by only 5 points to North College Hill High School which is located in Cincinnati. I was disappointed LB lost.
Okay, back to my friendship with Diane. We attended the same rural school for 12 years. She went off to Ohio University and I went to Ohio State. She came to OSU to see me once when she was flying out of Columbus airport to go for a job interview to become a flight attendant. I’m sure she wondered if she’d make it to her interview since I got lost driving to the airport in my VW bug. Through the years we’ve seen each other only a few times in person, but have always exchanged letters and Christmas cards. When I wrote my Christmas book, Diane gave me support and encouragement. I should have asked her to read my draft before it was published! She was disappointed I didn’t write about my playhouse. I had forgotten about it when I was writing my story. Diane and I used to play in it. My dad got this chicken house from someone and put it in our backyard for me to play in. I had a nice collection of old furniture in it. Also another good friend and a neighbor, Lola Schumacher Pattison and I spent many happy hours having tea parties in our “house.”
By the way, my friends sometimes called me “Willy” since Diane and I were in the same class together. They got Willy from my maiden name of Wilson. Cute, huh.
Have you stayed in touch with your friends? If so, how many years?