Do you ever think about the days when you were growing up and the only thing you had to worry about was just being a kid and having fun? You finished your homework and then bolted out the door to go play outside with your neighborhood friends. These memories often leave us wondering about our childhood friends and what they’re up to these days.
Families often move to a different neighborhood or city, reluctantly forcing their kids to leave all their friends behind. Kids don’t really think about the possibility of never seeing their friends again. Even if they did, 8-year-olds don’t have cell phones or emails to give out (at least not back in the day), so it would be difficult to keep in touch even if they wanted to.
Once we grow up, we have these distant memories of the days when we were too young to comprehend that we wouldn’t be kids forever. We remember the kids we played with outside in elementary school, sat next to on the school bus, rough-housed with on the playground, etc. If you’re like most people, you probably have a few names in mind of old friends that you haven’t thought about in years or even decades.
Yay for Technology!
Luckily, these days, all you need is a name to find an old friend. With so many advances in technology and access to public records, reconnecting with childhood buddies has never been easier. Here are a couple of resources you can use to try to find your old BFF.
Everyone and their mom (literally) has a Facebook page these days, so try typing in your friend’s name in the search bar. It may take some digging depending on how common their name is, but if they do have an account, you should be able to find them. Then you can send them a friend request or a message letting them know you’ve been thinking about the good ol’ days and you’d love to catch up. Who knows, maybe they live nearby and you two could meet up for lunch!
If your friend doesn’t have a Facebook page, there are a ton of different websites out there that allow you to run a background check someone, even if the only information you have is their name. Background checks pull from a huge database of public records, so you could end up getting a lot of information just by searching someone’s name. Depending on which service you use, you could view marriage records, property records, addresses, and contact information. You may even discover that your old friend has a criminal record, yikes! Either way, you can try to track them down and get back in touch.
Reconnecting with old friends is a great way to see what they’ve been up to in their adult life. You can talk about college, marriage, kids, the list is endless! Discussing fun memories from your past is important because you get to relive those awesome and carefree days of childhood. Once you reconnect with a childhood friend, you may even find that they’ve kept in touch with other friends from your neighborhood or school. Then you’ll have even more options the next time an old buddy crosses your mind.
Ashley Welter is a writer for Instant Checkmate, an online service than can help you reconnect with people from your past.