Old friends in new places

Just returned from visiting a friend from high school who I don’t think I’ve seen in 20 years. Allison (aka Alli, aka Allisya) from Drayton Manor! She has a beautiful son, Dylan, who has grown up in what seems like the best place in the world to be kid. He’s totally loved, totally open and totally secure – what a dream childhood it seems. It was very strange to think we’re both 38, and we compared notes on which bits of us are starting to give up and fall off (we both have some loss of hearing) and shared our last two decades as much we could in an hour and a half. I was very aware that though I’m on holiday time, it was still a working day for Alli, so I was really glad she was able to spare me a long lunchtime. So good to see her.