To the Editor:
Re: “The Trick to Life Is to Keep Moving” Published on September 7th, 2019 by Devi Lockwood described a very good friendship she had with a much older woman named Cora Brookes. Devi and Cora had an age gap of 51 years with Devi being 20 and Cora being 71. They met when Devi recieved a research grant to study the archived works and Cora was one of those poets. In Lockwood’s letter, she did not highlight the importance of friendships during your high school and college years even though she was in college, saying while they might be important, they might not be the most fulfilling. She highlighted more of deeper topics, such as death and the meaning of life. In my opinion, the most valuable and long lasting friendships are formed in your younger years, while you yourself are still learning about life. While some people have a niche for these topics, it can be a lot for someone who is a younger because making friends in the same age group is much more relatable and overall the longest lasting friendships.
Being a freshman in college, I can understand how important friendships are and that it is hard to establish within the first week or two of being in a different environment. I relate to Lockwood in the sense that this was the person was her best friend and they were inseparable.We 20-somethings don’t consider ourselves “already in the afterlife” as Cora did, but we still form deep bonds that can last a lifetime by sharing our lives and dreams. I personally have a very close friend and we have been friends since before we can remember, when we were younger we would always hangout because we weren’t in school yet and didn’t have many other friends. Me and my best friend would not have as close of a bond without our shared memories and basically growing up together. I enjoyed Lockwood’s personal story about her plans to travel the world, because me and my best friend share the same dream. We grew up together and had very similar lives which made us closer and also when we made friends they were all the same age group. Lockwood never said the importance of having friends the same age of you or even having other friends at all.
Lockwood approach is much different the the traditional friendship. She also had similar interests to Cora which helped their friendship thrive. From personal experience, shared interests helps a tremendous amount in creating a bond, and having fun while hanging out and in this way, Devi and Coras friendship is just like my best friends and I. While I can’t say for myself that I have experienced an older friendship, I can say that making friends throughout high school and college is very necessary for a support system that can always be there for you.