It gives me joy to see my children make lasting friendships with those they attend school and church with. Having someone at your side while you walk the path you were given in this life, bonding with these individuals to form a circle of love to surpass all other things, is comforting. To know that you have these “forever” friends to rely on, helps when things are rough and tough in your life.
My boyfriend and I went to the same high school together in Alaska. Ben Eielson AFB is situated in the middle of the state near Fairbanks. While it was fun seeing places not many people get to visit in their lifetime, one of the unfortunate things of being an “Air Force brat” is that you are constantly on the move, and making “forever” friends is not something easily done. Kevin and I were discussing how we could not recall many people we met along these travels until we got to Ben Eielson High School. There is something special about that school and those who went there with us. Even after 25+ years we are still talking to each other, and reconnecting through social media, and our crazy reunions in Las Vegas. Kevin and I were fortunate enough to meet again to form a wonderful loving bond for each other. (He actually dated one of my best friends Darcy in high school. All the girls had a crush on him because he looked like Scott Baio)
What is so wonderful about the alumni of Ben Eielson High is that they are so supportive of the fellow classmates who attended the school, before and after their own time of wandering the halls. (They definitely have been open to my new adventures in writing and it makes me feel wonderful when I get their pat on the back.) Ben Eielson High created for us “AF Brats,” our “forever” friends. I asked Kevin the other day “What if when I graduated, I found a teaching job there?” He just smiled and said, “then it would be full circle.” I find comfort in that.