Phillips: Friendly thoughts
By Julie Phillips
Of course, I could write this column under the guise I'm in Athens at my desk. But the truth is, I'm on vacation. And however short vacations seem to feel once you return home, when you're in the midst of them, you might as well be on another planet, your "real" life feels so far away. (Especially when you're writing said column with THE cutest dog in the entire universe snoozing on your lap - my little sister's; a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Lovey who lives up to her name and with whom I dare any little-dog dissenter to even try not to fall in love, because it would be impossible not to fall in love with Lovey, I swear).
Sorry to digress.
So last week, I talked to some of the organizers of Athens Rewind and learned even more about that legendary era in Athens that's been written about so many times.
Writers gather and relay details as best we can, but clearly the late 1970s and early '80s had an aura that's difficult to put on the page. You can hear it in the way the stories are relayed and see it on the faces as they remember.
We can speculate as to why it was such a special time - it was all simpler then, they say; a smaller town, less to do, a more innocent age.
But why isn't really important. What's important is who. I asked one Rewind organizer, Julie House, if she was, when talking to people she hadn't spoken with in years, able to pick right back up where she'd left off with them. She said that was indeed the case; as if no time had passed between them.
It's the blessing that comes with great friendships.
We wish the Rewinders a great time reminiscing and sharing time together in the town where their friendships began. Because however cheesy it sounds, friendships really are the greatest gift in life.
Take it from Lovey.
Published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Thursday, July 28, 2005