September 19th, 2008

Rekindling Old Flames

A girl friend I’ve been out of touch for nearly 14 years sent me a message out of the blue a few days ago.

Text message on mobile phone - How are you?

We’ve had so many, many good memories together. I shared some of my first crushes with her – Christian Slater, and the boy in who lived at 9th floor in my old apartment. I didn’t know how we drifted apart when we used to be so close in school that we called ourselves “sludge worms”, because of the way we tend cling to each other.

We agreed to meet each other soon and to be honest I’m quite nervous. As Anya commented on my previous post, this feeling is indeed natural. I’m probably afraid that I’d be disappointed with the possibility that the “now” is less sweet than the “then”.


Recently I started baking again, an activity I used to enjoy tremendously.  I had reservations on whether it I’d still be in love with it.

The first batch of cookies I baked was complete failure, something I don’t recall ever happening before, which led me to thinking whether I still had “it”. Disappointed, I decided to continue with the next batch with a different oven setting and sure enough, it did the trick.

It wasn’t me — the new oven just needed some getting used to.

There are a couple more activities I used to enjoy that may need revisiting:

Crochet/KnitKnitting needles and yarn
My grandma loved to knit and crochet and I picked the skill from her at a young age (about 8).  My interest in it waned when she passed away — I didn’t have access to books on crocheting then and my mother wasn’t into it. Now, there’s a web of online resources on how-to-knit/crochet.

Read Fiction
My reading list is decidedly non-fiction — personal development, psychology, art, science, autobiographies. I love reading and love a good story, I just don’t know why I never thought of picking up a book from the fiction section anymore.

Go to the Theatre
I used to watch, if I could afford it, a stage play every month. I enjoyed watching actors perform in real-time. When I started working in multimedia and video production, my interest shifted to film.


It’s a little harder to renew a friendship because there are two parties involved but if my recent baking adventure were of any indication, the result could be sweet – though we may need to make some adjustments.

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Oh, how coincidentally I commented on a 'friend'. :) Among other things your upcoming meeting with a friend shall bring is experience. And this alone is worth giving it a chance! I'm wishing you good luck, anyways!
anya  at 12:05 pm on September 19, 2008
oh, and thank you for mentioning my humble name in your post. :)
anya  at 12:06 pm on September 19, 2008
Great post. RE: the long lost friend stuff, I joined FACEBOOK about a year ago and recently have been getting old friends from like 20 years ago contacting me. Some I don't even remember! It's a crazy feeling. Let us know how your get together goes.
Damien  at 12:19 am on September 21, 2008
I've been getting friend requests from people in FACEBOOK whom I remember from high school but barely knew. It's strange to think I made that much of an impression on people I considered strangers even when I was seeing them on a daily basis. So I'm looking forward to a follow-up on your experience rekindling an old flame.
Christopher Waldrop  at 12:34 pm on September 22, 2008
[...] never had a quilt made in my honour but I do have a lot of knitted or crocheted stuff made by my grandma: complete bedding sets – pillows, baby blankets, bed sheet – [...]
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