Vertolli arrived last night. She lives in Shanghai, but ironically she is not a friend I met from my time abroard. Vertolli and I met in Mass Media our junior year in high school. We were best buddies ever since.
We were a very unlikely couple back in the day. She taught me how to be cool. I taught her how to stay in school.
This week I am finding it yet another thing unlikely, discussing our asian experiences together. I’m very impressed how quickly she is learning Mandarin!
Even though Laura has been married many years now and goes by the name of Laura Higgs, I still call by her old high school name, AKA her last name – Vertolli. Some habits never die.
Since she arrived, we have spent some time talking about friends we shared in the past. I realized I’ve done a bad job at keeping up with them. A stay at home mom with four small kids does not make a good friend. Fortunately everyone else seems to be in the same boat as me.
I also realized, as I sat exchanging easy conversation with a girl my mother dubs as my “most improved friend” that I didn’t do a very good job keeping up with her either.
But even as Vertolli “improved” and changed, one thing didn’t. We sat and talked as if no time had passed. And that is a mark of a true friend.Pin It