Sifting through a box of old photographs in his Winnipeg basement, singer-songwriter JP Hoe discovered exactly what he needed during isolation of the pandemic.
"When I saw the old faces, it was hitting me that life has been much more than this past year," said JP. "There are relationships that exist outside of what we're going through...And they helped shape who I was….That meant a lot to me."
So JP started calling up old friends, and recording the conversations for a podcast he's working on. One of those phone calls was to Andrew Kushnir, who had been JP's best friend during his formative teenage years.
Back then, the two were inseparable, but it had been more than 20 years since they had spoken. JP couldn't wait to reconnect, and during the course of their conversation, JP recalled a moment from their past he regretted. He now had the chance to talk to Andrew about it and ask how he felt.
In this First Person story, JP Hoe and Andrew Kushnir each tell us how it felt to finally have that conversation. For more information about CBC's First Person stories, please see the FAQ.