Friday, July 26, 2019

Mini College Reunion

For all that is bad, annoying and addictive about Facebook, if it weren't for Facebook, I would have lost track of every last one of my friends from college.

We had a pretty tight Christian Campus Center group when I was at the University of North Texas. Not only was it the students that went to UNT, but at Texas Woman's University too. I was there for three years, 1997-2000.

Sadly, one of the guys in the group from that time passed away last week in a motorcycle accident. One of his closest friends got a group of us together tonight before the memorial service tomorrow. The building we met in is no more, but we met up at the new CCC building which is actually a former frat house (that frat got kicked off campus).

First off, it took two and a half hours to get to Denton on a Friday afternoon. Once upon a time, from the front door of my parents' house to my apartment took 90 minutes on a Sunday with no traffic.

Including our campus minister, there were eight of us there along with a couple of spouses and a few kids. I was able to take a scrapbook I had done of the second year I was there. I remembered I had it and knew where it was since I had just packed and unpacked it. We had some really good laughs surrounding the stories we shared as everyone took turns looking through the book. Some interesting stories came up about Chris, the friend we gathered to honor.

With the exception of Amanda who I had kept up with for several years after I graduated, I hadn't seen anyone else in 19 years. Well, except on my Facebook feed. Some of the others had seen each other or talked since then, but for the most part, we could just pick up on each other's lives and not miss much of a beat.

Why, with all of us having our phones out, we didn't think to take a picture, I don't know. I didn't get far back out on the road when I realized, "Shoot! No one took a picture!"

Hopefully, we'll be able to gather again under happier circumstances. Until then, I guess we'll just have to stay caught up with each other online.




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