I don’t think that I have ever been on a real blind date but it almost felt like one on Tuesday when I was waiting outside the Quick (Belgian burger chain) at Porte de Namur for my old classmate J. We saw each once at a Xmas party 11 years ago but except for that I don’t think we have met since we were in school together (1981* – 1990)! In other words, I was standing there wondering if 1) I would recognise him? 2) would we get along? 3) would there be lots of awkward silences during dinner?
Fortunately the evening was great – we had lots to talk about, both old memories and sharing new experiences of living in Brussels! It is funny, we haven’t really met in 20 years but just like J had told his wife – it still felt like we knew each other! Probably because we shared some of the most formative years together in school, while at the same time we didn’t know each other as adults. And we probably have more in common now than then…
Hopefully we will soon meet up again, with our respective partners who might not be as interested in old memories from Veberöd but I am sure that we will find some other topics to talk about ;-)
I have another two “blind dates” to look forward to during the next few days. With persons who I haven’t actually met yet but whose current lives I know more about… because I read their blogs!
*) We started school in 1982 but also went to pre-school together for one year.