“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” reads the Postman’s oath. However, this sentiment can also be applied to a pair of Nashville best friends and their unique weekly ritual and their unbreakable bond.
Friends Andy Gullahorn and Gabe Scott are both musicians in Nashville, and they became close after meeting at a concert in 2000. Seven years ago, they started their own tradition, as a way to guarantee that they see each other at least once a week.
Scott and Gullahorn respectfully leave their houses at the same time, a mile and a half apart, and they meet in the middle. The two then engage in a comical and well-rehearsed snap, clap, and high five routine. The friends then continue on their paths, homeward bound.
Gullahorn has kept a log of every high-five encounter, including details on the one that was nearly their last.
“High-five number 312,” he read. “Gabe was hospitalized with a severe form of Encephalitis.”
The inflammation of his brain completely robbed Scott of his memory.
“I pretty much forgot my whole life,” explained Scott.
Gullahorn then became a total stranger to Scott, but he still visited his friend in the hospital, with one simple, perhaps silly, request: a high five. Miraculously, Scott snapped, clapped, and high-fived his friend with ease.
“It’s really special to have something, to have a memory of something that’s this consistent in my life, that means this much,” he said.