I recently began corresponding with an old friend of mine who also grew up in a conservative Christian family. She is now an ordained minister and is the woman who presided over my marriage to my wife. We became friends in high school, but we hadn’t talked since graduation.
When I moved to Seattle for graduate school, she messaged me out of the blue. We met for dinner and quickly became kindred friends again. This reconnection was years ago now, and I recently asked her about what she remembers about this time of reconnection.