Rita Walters


Summer Travel Series: The Fun and the Folly of Looking Back

Friends - Summer Travel piece
The writer with her girlfriends.

A childhood hurt still stings a lifetime later, but an unexpected response provides the salve.

On vacation together, and reminiscing as long-time girlfriends do, we talked about a mutual childhood friend, one who we hadn’t seen since finishing high school, without exaggeration, 35 years ago. During that time, as a group, we’d gone to college, married, worked, been laid-off, returned to school, changed careers, worked some more, had babies, reared babies, lost friends, parents, and siblings; and now with more than a half-century behind us we still think of the future but in the context of our past.