Didn’t have a high school sweetheart. Not even a college romance. No teacher really stood out in my educational period. Mentors for a woman in business in the early 1980′s weren’t plentiful but in 9th grade I met an incredible young woman just around the corner from my parents’ house. Her influence I would count among the top 5 people in my life.
I was always the new kid on the block. I wasn’t accustomed to welcoming anyone to the neighborhood but I tagged along with the gang of teenagers who lived on Delaware Place and visited the Keegan’s home in early summer 1972. I met Glenda. Glenda wrote to her daughter Lisa that night, “I’ve met your best friend.”
Indeed when Lisa arrived in Tulsa from a summer trip and we met on August 9th we started a year together in Tulsa as the best of friends. Lisa moved away August 10th, 1973. Her father had been transferred back to New Orleans. Glenda thoughtfully allowed us our “first anniversary of meeting” before heading south.
Since then, for 38 years, we have stayed in touch (am I doing the math right?). At first we wrote daily, doubling up on Thursdays so Monday’s trip to the mailbox would yield 2 letters to make up for no delivery on Sunday. I visited New Orleans regularly in the early 1980′s and Lisa met my son when he was still in diapers and we were in our first house. But I’ve never met her daughter, a lovely woman – like her mother – and slightly older than Lisa and I when we first met.
Minutes ago I booked a November trip to see Lisa for the first time in more than a dozen years. Family and business kept us both close to home during the 1990′s; we met once for a lunch in Dallas at the Mansion on Turtle Creek.
I hope the dates will fit her schedule. The trip is one I’ve delayed far too long.
And you? Isn’t there someone who should hear from you TODAY?