I had a very strange experience this weekend. It was a bit frightening but also really rather reassuring. I met up with a group of people who I haven't seen for many, many years. Children, divorces, careers... Life in general had overtaken all of us but the bizarre and reassuring thing was that within minutes the nine of us were chatting away as if the passage of decades had actually only been months.
We were a group that hung around together, mainly underaged and in pubs, in our late teens. A few of us had stayed in contact but in the majority this wasn't the case. We were older, fatter, but no less enthusiastic as a group. We laughed, drank way too much (well I did anyway)and rediscovered that a common background is often all you need to reconnect quickly and easily.
Here we were aged 18.