I went out to dinner last night with my old boss/friend and his friends for his birthday. I rarely ever hang out with him outside of work; the last time I did was at least six months ago. Wishing my friend a happy birthday has always been fun for me (I always remember his and he never remembers mine), so I immediately said yes when I was invited to his birthday dinner, even though I didn’t know any of his non-work friends.
During work hours, my old boss/friend is still very serious and all business, so I’m glad I got to see him cut loose a little and be himself. Just being a part of his birthday dinner was a great feeling. Since I’ve been feeling isolated and a bit awkward at work lately because the people who used to be my friends aren’t anymore, it’s really nice to know that I still have a friend in him.