Kris Calls

On Wednesday night, due to circumstances that will be shared later, I was home shortly after 7 PM when a friend called who I had not heard from in a long time. For quite a few months I had been wanting to get back in touch with him, but never plucked up the resolve. I had even discussed with Brian the best way to randomly call someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time.

Kris and his wonderful wife recently had a little girl. I received this information most anonymously and felt that the time to contact them was now. This Monday I sent out a short note on a card, enclosing my phone number and email address. I figured I’d be lucky to maybe get a message on my machine or an email in my inbox.

Quite a number of years ago now Kris and I met while both working at Sam’s Club. Some of us introduced Kris to real gaming, which wasn’t hard since he had played in a friend’s novice game and also liked to play computer gaming. Once Kris started gaming with me, a fast friendship was formed. After, I spent a lot of time with him and often his, at the time, fiancé. He asked me to be the best man in his wedding, bypassing friends he had known longer and better, and I did the exact same with him at my wedding.

When I decided to purge my system of all gaming and non-Christian music, etc., I lost slowly lost contact with Kris. See, a friendship that forms fast and is based on pretty much one thing doesn’t stand much of a chance when that one thing is severed. We tried to keep up, but new marriages and houses and jobs for the both of us drifted us apart.

So, what a pleasure it was last night to hear Kris’ voice on the other end of the phone. Here’s to trying again and seeing what can become of a once-great friendship.

(How did you like the post in reverse chronological order?)

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6 Responses to Kris Calls

  1. heather says:

    Jeff and I have more than our fair share of those friendships. We’ve been trying to find more and deeper connections with our one-diminsional friends, too. How about we tell you what works for us, and you do the same?

  2. Roger says:

    That would be great! Are you going to wait until I download GoogleTalk or tell me some other way?

  3. Kari says:

    Roger, I will never understand your musical taste. You gave Who We Are Instead a D? D?!? I’m not even a big Jars fan and I am outraged.

  4. Roger says:

    My taste in Jars has gone down with every release. The first one I would give an “A”. After that…down hill.

  5. Kari says:

    I like Jars okay, but I never loved that first album like a lot of people did. But I thought the last one was good. Much higher than a D. 😉

  6. Keith says:

    Marriage has a way of slowly closing off former friendships. I’ve been blessed to have many newly-wed friends realize this pattern and consciously choose to fight it (after all, I’ve been in five weddings this year). It’s always a blessing to hear from someone after a long time apart.

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