Reconnect with an Old Friend

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Syahirah Badrol 11 Comments


Hello Readers!
       
       Back in 2009, when i was still in Perth, Western Australia.  There was this new girl in our class from Germany, name Zoe.  She was pretty quiet and does not talk much.  One day, i saw her sitting on the bench outside our classroom all alone while others were all talking about their weekends and other stuff while waiting for the bell to ring.  Seeing her sitting on that bench quietly, reminded me of myself.  She reminded me of the time when i first moved there and what it was like to be the new girl who wasn't fluent in speaking English.  
   
       Knowing how hard it was for me being a new girl and to make friends when i wasn't fluent in english i decided to go talk to her.  I walked towards her and sat next to her on the bench. Putting a friendly smile on my face and said "Hi" then asked her what she did during the weekend.  She talked about going with her parents to this place and something about a sewing machine if i'm not mistaken.  I did not quite understood on what she had said but i continued talking to her and appreciate her effort on trying her best to talk.  She even had this German-English dictionary in her hands to help her with the word that she wanted to say but did not know what the word is in english.
     
       Since then, i started hanging out with her more during recess and lunch.  Each day we became closer and i begin to consider her as my best friend.  We started hanging out outside school ground too. I came over to her house and hangout and she would come to mine as well.  I still remember the day her mum invited me to join them hiking at this place call Serpentine.  It was my first time going hiking and i am glad to experience it with her and her parents.  Zoe is a pretty cool girl.  She did ballet and she is very creative and love to draw.  I remember during easter hat parade she wore this beautiful hat that she actually made it out of newspaper.  She could also ride a UNICYCLE!! How cool is that?

       At the end of 2009 Zoe moved back to Germany.  Before she left she gave me this friends necklace that has a heart locket written BEST on it. Inside it was a picture of her and she has the same locket but with FRIENDS written on it and with a picture of me inside it.  Since then we only keep in touch through e-mail.  Before she actually moved back to Germany she actually visited Malaysia first.  She send me a postcard from Malaysia telling me how she was having a good time in Malaysia.  As the days went by, i moved back to Malaysia and a lot things kept me busy so i rarely opened my e-mail.  I did reply her e-mail whenever i can and i remember one time she send me a postcard from Germany during Christmas.  I talked to her on facebook once in a while and then somehow by 2013 we both became quiet.

      A few weeks ago, I found my scrapbook and come across a few picture of her and makes me realize that it had been a long time since i last talked to her.  I decided to get back in touch with her and send a message to her on facebook.  She replied asking me how i am doing.  I asked her if she has whatsapp and that maybe we could talk more on there since i am not that active on facebook.  On 25th January i check my facebook and i received a message from her.  She gave me her phone number and said that it was a great idea.


       That night, after i finished cleaning up my room and studying I send her a message on whatsapp.  Honestly i was kinda nervous. I was scared what if the conversation will turn out awkward and also i was a little afraid that she does not really want to talk to me.  I mean it has been two years since last talk and i did not put much effort on contacting her. Putting all my worries aside i send her a simple greeting message and a while later she replied with a cheerful emoji and said "Glad to hear from you!".  That message from her immediately put a smile on my face and all the worries i had seem to disappear.  I continued chatting with and there was no awkwardness at all.  I told her that i still keep the necklace she gave me and she told me that she still has it too. Then she start sending me pictures of things that she still keep that has sentimental value of our friendship.  She send me this friendship bead bracelet the we made together out of newspaper and thread.  I was the one who taught her how to make it and i told her that i learn to do this when i was in first grade.  She also send me a picture of a piece of paper with "Dragon Script" on it. It is just alphabet and symbols that i gave it to her and told her that we can use it as our secret code when we were passing notes in class.

       She also send me a picture of my handwriting that i wrote "Kawan karib di Australia".  It was a few days before she left Australia.  I print pictures of us and her than i glue it to my scrapbook.  I told her to write her address next to the picture and also to write something in German.  She does not know what to write at first but then she end up writing "Beste Freunde in Australien" which means "Best friends in Australia".  Then she told me to write something for her in Malay, so i end up writing the same thing for her.  All the pictures she send me just makes me a little emotional and i was shocked that she still kept all these things after all these years.

       After that, our conversation continued talking about the things we did in Perth.  She told me how she really loves the Turkish pizza that my mum bought every time she came over my house and that she never found a good pizza that is good as that pizza ever again.  She then told me how loves the rose syrup drink (air sirap..lol) i made for her one time.  She told me that she actually search for the rose syrup in Germany and that was glad that she found it.  This just made me laugh cause i can not believe that she actually love the rose syrup drink and actually look for it in Germany just because i introduce the drink to her.  I made her craving for rose syrup.  We end up talking for about 3 hours until it was midnight that i had to go to bed and that she had to work on an essay that she need to get it done.

       This friendship i have with Zoe had taught me so many things.  I learn that if that person means a lot to you, you should go and make effort on contacting that person.  If that person values you and your friendship, that person would gladly respond to you even though you both have not been interacting for 2 years.  Another thing that i learn is that a good friend or best friend does not have to come from a big crowd or group, they can be from a small crowd or someone who is isolated from others.  Next time you see someone sitting alone, or someone who is quiet and does not interact much with others, go say hi and talk to them. You will never know that that person can be your best friend and probably the coolest and greatest person you have met.

       P.S Have you ever had a friend that somehow you lose contact with them? Have you try putting effort on contacting them lately? Leave a comment below and share your stories. I would love to see your response. Also, if you have a best friend...what is she/he like? Tell me in the comment below.  Oh before i forget...if you have any other suggestion or things you like me to write about...leave your ideas down below too...i would really appreciate it if you guys do ^_^

- Luminary Skylar
     

11 comments:

  1. It's awesome that you got back together!

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    1. Yes, i am glad that we are able to get back in touch :)

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  2. I read your story till the last fullstop! Hehe.. I'm glad that you guys can maintain your valuable friendship. Keep all the memories and live your life, share the happiness together. How beautiful! :')

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    1. And oh! Nasib baik sirap do exist in Germany!!! Lol :D

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    2. I really appreciate that you took your time on reading it from the start until the last fullstop. It is a pretty long post. Yeah, i hope Zoe and i are able to continue creating new memories again. Yeah! hahah i'm happy for Zoe's sake that sirap exist in Germany.

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  3. A very sweet story. I love this kind of friendship!

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    1. Thank You ^_^ i hope your friendship has a sweet story too :)

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  4. A very sweet story. I love this kind of friendship!

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  5. You have such a lovely friendship. <3

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    1. Thank you ^_^ i hope you have a lovely friendship as well :)

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