Thursday, March 23, 2006

Old Friends May Be the Best Friends

OK, all friends are good friends. But old friends make you feel all nostalgic inside.

My 5-year-old, ChloƩ, has a class project where the kids are running a little post office, and they are collecting post cards from different parts of the country (and world) to learn about geography. Since graduate school made world travelers out of us, we have sent a lot of requests to our friends and family.

They have been great. My wife got the idea to ask our friend, Mike Kozeliski, for a post card. He is currently a Marine officer stationed in -- I believe -- Iraq. Kozeliski, or as we call his Koz, is a good friend from our undergraduate days at New Mexico State University.

Koz was the student body president when I was editor of the student newspaper. That should have made us enemies, but he was a stand-up guy, and I was an open-minded journalist. We got along so well that that Student Leader magazine even did a story about our working relationship.

Koz has a great future, and I think that he will be governor of New Mexico some day. But he put his career on capital hill on hold to join the Marines and do what he believes to be his part. At the end of his first term, he tried to re-enter the private sector, but he felt he still had more to give. So he is back.

When ChloƩ came home from school today, she told us that our friend wanted to send a postcard but they didn't have postcards where he was stationed. So he wrote her class a note on the bottom of a cardboard box and mailed it. At first Emily was confused -- as you might imagine -- but then she figured it out ... Koz!

Here he is in the middle of a war, but he still had time to write a "postcard" to the daughter of a old friend -- a daughter who he has never met. Exactly 10 years ago, Koz was coming up the end of his presidency of ASNMSU. A decade has past. He has gone to work in congress and off to war. I've gone to graduate school and become a professor myself. But I am moved that the old bonds still tie.

It's a pretty cool world we live in, you know.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, Sam..........

see Monday, March 20th. :)

9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I am glad to see she got the MRE box. Sorry we didn't have post cards.

3:31 PM  

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