Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Farewell Jimmy

Yesterday six of us old classmates gave Jimmy (wearing a shoulder strap) a nice farewell lunch at the Crocodile Farm Seafood Village Restaurant in Subang Jaya. It was the second time I met Jimmy, the first was on February 5, a few days after he returned to Malaysia for a visit. Jimmy is expatriate now although in our hearts he is still a part of us. I've said before, the best friends are those you already knew from the past and reappear. In the case of Jimmy we took no time to reconnect. Yesterday was the first time another classmate, NCK, who sportingly agreed to come along. He was a quiet and unassuming person with few needs but is still one of us. For over 3 hours we talked and laughed like when we were in school. Then when it started to quieten down we knew it was time to say goodbye to each other. We knew that such meetings will not come about often so we treasure every word, every smile, every laughter. I brought my iPad and played the golden hit entitled 'Goodbye Jimmy Goodbye' an appropriate going away present to our dear friend. The song was a hit in our early teens in the early 1960s. Jimmy fly home to Canada tomorrow. Bon voyage until we meet again my friend.

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