|Larry, Stuart and Ron October 1957 - check out the hair!|
|Larry, Stuart and Ron July 10, 2011|
This past Sunday my longtime friend Larry and I reunited with the third member of our old grade school and high school friend Stuart. Stuart lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida these days. Larry lives in the northern part of Delaware, which is about an hour and a half from me.
During the Fifties Stuart, Larry and I were best friends. We definitely were not part of the "In Group" of our high school. We were on the outer fringes but we did find one another and had a wonderful friendship. Stuart was the only Jewish student in our class. Larry was (and is) a quiet, shy only child. And you all know about me if you are a regular reader of this blog. I was the only homosexual ("gay" back in those days - The Fifties - meant that you were happy and carefree) IN THE WORLD back in those days. Of course I was in the closet. I didn't even come out to my friends. Somehow we all seem to coalesce into the same orbit.
|Me (in back to the left), Larry (in back to the right) and Stuart (in front to the right) in a class play about scarecrows 1953 - I don't remember the play but I do remember the smell of the greasepaint!|
Over the years we lost touch. Once I ran into Larry on Spruce Street in Philadelphia. Another time Stuart briefly worked at the same bank I worked at in Philadelphia. However, we were all consumed with our lives and only had these brief encounters.
|The three of us goofing around one summer 1957|
|Stuart and Larry 1957 - baseball fanatics|
Fast forward forty some years. In 2001, a few months after 9/11, I received a Thanksgiving card from Larry's Mother. She suggested that I give Larry a call. Larry has recently lost his banking job (one day before 9/11 of all dates) and she thought I could life his spirits. A few years before I had lost my banking job. I knew how to survive. I called Larry and thus began the renewal of our friendship. It was like we had never left off, except for the forty year gap.
|Larry gets married 1960-still married!|
|Larry and me during my Army days 1962|
|Me and Larry with our third grade teacher Miss Elizabeth Ezrah 2003|
Recently Stuart lost two close friends. He decided that he wanted to see us in person. His wonderful daughter Leslie knew of our situation. She got the ball rolling and suggested that we all meet in the Philadelphia area when Stuart was visiting relatives in New York City.
|Larry and me a June 21, 2011 at the Purple Parrot Rehoboth Beach, DE - the friendship continues!|
|Me and Larry at the Deli in Broomall, PA July 10, 2011|
This is the video of that reunion. It's a little long so maybe you want to deactivate the music function on this blog. Just go to the button and press it once with your mouse. Now if you have about 15 minutes, enjoy this wonderful video my friend Larry (who is giving Steven Speilberbg some serious competition) put together. This is what life is all about: the camaraderie of old friends. I am so glad that Stuart's daughter pushed us into this reunion. These are memories to last a lifetime (or what little time we have left). Enjoy!