MEETING AN OLD FRIEND
A person meets many people in life but there are only some who leave a lasting impression in our minds.
There are people we can laugh with, cry with and depend on with utmost degree of faith. Friends make is easier for us to go through hardships and struggles in life. They provide a shoulder for us to cry on.
A very close friend of mine named Asha left the country when I was very young. She went away to the United States and thereafter I began to feel very lonely. She and I were inseparable in school. She was my partner in class and even in the evening she would come over to my house and we would spend most of our time playing together. Then her parents decided to settle down in the States and she left. I remember how much I cried when I went to see her off at the airport.
It was for a long time that I could not find any friends I could feel absolutely comfortable with. Most of my friends were a boring company. I began writing to Asha regularly. We exchanged letters every week and sometimes even called each other over telephone. However, I always had the feeling of loss after she went away.
I wanted to meet her again and therefore asked my parents to arrange a trip for me to go to the U.S. They found the idea ridiculous as they felt that was too expensive to go abroad. My spirits had been quite low once my parents turned down my wish to go and visit my friend.
But they said whenever we wish for something hard enough it materializes. And my prayers were answered when I got a call from Asha to say that her parents had decided to visit India to meet her relatives and that she would be accompanying them. My happiness knew no limit when I got the news. I eagerly waited the day of her arrival.
I went to receive her at the airport and that was the happiest night of my life. We hugged each other and had so much to share. We talked the whole night and till the day she left we were inseparable again. Meeting an old friend after days of separation can be one of the most satisfying experiences of one’s life.