We were all in our very early twenties when we were hired by CP Air in Vancouver and trained together to be flight attendants. This is a bonding experience all on its own. Add to that the company forced transfer to big ol’ scary Toronto where we had no family, friends or much money and a new job that was both exciting and terrifying at the same time. Five of us crammed into a tiny apartment meant for two. These were absolutely great times!
I have so many wonderful memories of those early days. As time went on we grew in different directions. Some of us were able to transfer back to Vancouver, some of us met men we married and stayed in Toronto (for a while anyway). I left the airline eventually and it became more difficult to keep in touch. For whatever reason, I drifted away from these good friends. I often found myself thinking back on those great times and wondering how my friends were doing today.
Fast forward fifteen years:
I have re-connected with many friends from high school thanks to Facebook. Yes, love it or hate it, Facebook is handy for looking up old friends. So I decided to search Facebook for my flight attendant friends. Voila! I found Wendy right away. Wendy and I recently caught up during a great evening sharing appies and wine. We both felt like we simply started up where we left off. Trust me, there were no awkward silences. We were up yakking into the wee hours of the morning.
John and I are in Maui right now and it just so happens that Wendy and another room mate of ours from the good ol’ days is also here. Wendy and Glenda both worked a flight from Vancouver to Maui last night so we were all able to get together in paradise today. How great is that!
Sharing great memories and a piece of your past with good friends is truly a gift. One that I plan to hang on to and cherish.