Two Defining Moments


I met two men who graduated from the same high school in the same year even though one was two years older than the other. One man had  enlisted in the navy and gone off to fight battles. After the fighting ended, he returned to high school. Only because of a war, did they become classmates. Once graduated,  they went on to lead separate lives.

I met them a week after they had been unintentionally, accidentally reunited in a nursing home. It had been twenty years since they last saw one another Both are in their eighties, roommates for a while. Two experiences shared, sixty years apart, positioned them for  friendship.

How much will  they share of the in-between?  My guess is that each day will be back to the future.

9 thoughts on “Two Defining Moments

  1. Carole Webber January 10, 2014 / 9:03 am

    How nice for them to remember old times . This gives them a good opportunity for conversation each day.

    • fictionfitz January 10, 2014 / 9:18 am

      We should all be so fortunate in our nursing home experiences.

  2. Carole Webber January 10, 2014 / 9:22 am

    Speak for yourself.I am not going there.

    • fictionfitz January 10, 2014 / 9:23 am

      I am not volunteering no matter who I am reunited with.

  3. jhvn January 10, 2014 / 9:51 am

    Fascinating. What do you suppose brought them together in their 80s? pure chance? What opportunities have presented themselves to them — and to the chaplain who visited them?

  4. Carole Webber January 10, 2014 / 10:51 am

    That makes two defining statements.

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