Sunday, May 13, 2007

The Other Shelly, An Update

I'd promised to report back on the reunion, so here's what I posted on Cyber Chocolate, with some revision.


Once upon a time, in a Queens, NY elementary school, there were two Shellys in the same class from 2nd through 6th grade, when one of them moved away with her family. Shelly was the nickname for each of them and they became friends and went to the movies together with another friend and fun times were had. But after one Shelly moved, they lost touch with each other and went on with their lives.

Cut to 42 years later and a wonderful site called which helps people find their school chums, but make you pay for the privilege of actually reading messages sent to them by other members. So this Shelly pays the $15 fee for a 3-month membership and messages are read, emails exchanged, and a lunch meeting arranged because, lo and behold, both Shellys still live in NYC.

And Wednesday was the lunch, and it was good. We ate at whatever Pizzeria Uno calls itself now and I had sirloin tips with rice and Shelly had a deep dish pizza and we talked and 42 years melted away as we tried to catch up, which isn't easy when you're covering 42 years in 90 minutes. Unlike when I had a reunion with my best friend in high school, after 25 years of no contact but a lot of emotional baggage, this was effortless and comfortable. We still have things in common. We stimulated each others memories. We're gonna do it again. And we both agreed that we haven't changed much. Sure, we look older, but the same pretty much. And how cool is that?


It really was fun. We mentioned teachers, reminded ourselves of the movies we'd seen together ("Wait Until Dark," "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte," movie serials and cartoons and short subjects with every movie), talked about how our mothers played in the same afternoon Mah Jong group, mentioned former classmates (Jimmy the firebug! Craig who might be writing for a major magazine but we're not sure it's really him. Alice who I last saw soon after I got married.), how we both liked the Beatles, and how we helped other kids who couldn't draw well with art projects at school.

It's a nice thing, a friendship that was interrupted and now has a chance to resume. Our memories may be fuzzy, but it's easier to recall the past when you've got an extra brain working on the problem. I might've had to pay to read Shelly's message on and maybe that's too much for the privilege of reading one small paragraph of text, but for me, it was worth it.


  1. Great post Shelly! It's awesome when you can find an old friend and reconnect.

    Someone who went to my elementary school put up some of his class pics (from kindergarten through grade five) on I never knew him (he's a few years older than me) but his pics brought back many memories of the school and teachers we all shared back then. Time flies!

  2. Coolness... :) Reunions can be taxing... but sounds like it went well.

  3. Thanks, Chelly. It was great. The only pics we have were the class photos. I wish I had others.

    Aunt Jackie, this was so effortless, it was amazing. We hope to get together again in late June. I'm really glad she's still in NYC.


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