Thursday, 14 January 2010

..old friends, old wood...


..old friends are like  old wood..they make better fires..and when old friends meet, they usually start a small conflagration that others nearby may find it strange, if not alarming...conversations become animated and laughter unrestrained..for that moment they are lost in their own space time continuum..



a friend of my youth, Haji Wan Salman Ahmad dropped
by yesterday..after the boisterous hugs 
and pats on the backs, it was down to serious business..
recalling moments of our youth..lost on our own lane of memories, 
his accompanying two siblings and wife were bemused..



..its good to have old friends..they're like that good book you once relished reading and kept it carefully on a shelf , sometimes unattended for years but never forgotten..and each time you take it out, and flip through the pages, the familiar words and sentences will once again jolt your memories into instant recall..old friends tend to be like that, undemanding, but always appreciative of that little gestures that we give...and surviving in spite of  it..



..at Pak Soh's house, Bachok..Haji Wan's relative by marriage..


..its difficult to put a value on old friends..or how important they are in your twilight years..for they are gentle reminders..  we see in them what we have become.. the long journey that we took..the friends that we have lost..and we recalled the brashness of our youth..as we see in each other that tonal mellowness of aging...
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11 comments:

hazeleyed lady said...

Forever friends Pakmat...
Cant imagine the feelings...except those who experience it...

lili said...

Pakmat! Why haven't I drop by earlier! I could have been the first one to comment... hehe! Wah, I wonder if you guys 'berjejak kasih' for a moment! But it is pleasant to see my uncle there with you. Oh dear, you people get to meet... me here yang melonjak lebih! muahaha!

lili said...

..Oh Pakmat, there's also my youngest uncle, Ayah Chu and my aunt, Yan, too! I heard that they're in Terengganu now... at another aunt's house. (apsal saya terlebih excited, pakmat? hehe!)

anneaziz said...

Salam Pakmat,

The best mirror is an old friend~George Herbert

That's why old friends are precious.

The other day I ran into a friend I haven't met for 36 years! Why does it feel that the years simply melt away and we were just the giggling pre teens we were then?

YuinTing Chin said...

“I count myself in nothing else so happy, as in a soul remembering my good friends - William Shakespeare

Old friends are gold!

Nur said...

salam
oh dear pak mat.. u r so lucky.

nur sekarang still mencari kawan, sahabat yang sangat nur kasihi sewaktu kami bersekolah di sek keb dato panglima Adnan PD. her name is 'Marry ann koh' beragam kistian... that time i was in grade 2. dia sangat2 suka pada pelajaran agama islam.. di kelas kami bila mata pelajaran islam berlangsung semua murid2 keluar selain pelajar islam. tapi dia tidak.. dia mahu mendengar apa itu islam. waktu itu saya masih kecil dan tak reti nak explain kat dia. yang tak bestnya cikgu muzik nur Mr. poh (uncle marry) dtg ke kelas dan memarahi Marry kerana berada dlm kelas agama islam. she was crying and tak mahu keluarlah.. tapi nur pujuk dia ikutlah kata uncle dia.

kami berkawan sampailah tahun 1983 nur berpindah ke Johor dan sejak itu kami lost contact. tapi yang paling menyentuh hati nur dia pernah berkata pada nur "nanti bila saya besar saya mahu masuk ISLAM" touching ohhhhh... sob sob sob... sampai sekarang nur mencari dia..

thanks pak mat.. u ingatkan nur pada teman karib yang tak dapat nur lupakan..

Oldstock said...

Salam Pakmat,

Times like these are indeed a treasure. May we be granted the time to meet old friends and the opportunity to meet new ones.

sot said...

Alhamdulillah Pakmat kerana bertemu sahabat. Semoga rapat hingga ke akhir hayat.

pakmat said...

Hazel..some friends are forever..:)

Lili..it was pakmat's intent to surprise you..yes, we enjoyed our moments..and we recalled our days..

Anne..old friends had a way of doing that...a greeting and a hug and suddenly we are the youths we once were..for we sees thro the wrinkles and the gray hair..

Nur..butd you must keep on trying..used all the available avenue..googled..make inquiries from old classmtes..etc..etc..pakmat wished you all the best..and all the luck..



ytc..ah, an appropriate quote from the bard..


Oldstock..and like all treasures..rare..

sot..InshaAllah..

Andi Natalia binti Bongkasa said...

andi ada kawan rapat yang paling best... kawan selama lebih 8 tahun.. but, we don`t see each other for more than 3 years i guess but yet, we still contact each other.. i miss her so much and hope our friendship will ever lasting... :)

pakmat said...

..and one day, andi, that friend of yours will be an old friend, that you will meet in your later years, to share and reminisce the days of your youth..such friendship dosn't end..it will endure until the end..