There’s not a word yet
for old friends you’ve just met
Many years ago, I read an article in slate about the different types of “camp people”, which offered a gradient of ex-campers, from those who hated the experience to those who loved it. Beyond the people who really really really loved camp, the had an even more fervent group called “camp cultists”, those who love camp so much it is a part of them. These people become wildly successful in life, which is no surprise to me at all. The people I met at camp represent a type of family that brings an ease of being together, and free flowing of talking and sharing, that so rarely exists outside of lifelong friends.
I can go years without talking with my camp friends, and then spend hours laughing.
And so it was also with Emma and Al. They came to camp after my tenure had ended, being a few years younger than me. And yet, I was thrilled to drive to Chicago to take engagement photos for them in the town they have chosen to call home. For their engagement photos, we walked around Grant park with a gorgeous view of the Chicago skyline. We caught up like the old friends that we now are, and I couldn’t be more excited to photograph their wedding later this summer. Full of other old friends I haven’t met yet.