Emails are almost as nice as letters. They take time to compose, and you can add little surprises, like photos for a full effect. Heard from friends I have not seen in more than 5 years - are doing well, and added some photos of their family and their adventures. Communicating on a more frequent level has also been wonderful. Long chats that were not possible with people out of town, discussing the future with friends; when in the past we would have been distracted by the daily crush of our busy schedules. Listening to suggestions and hints for future plans with "no strings attached". Slowing our pace, and now our friends have been forced to slow their comments, suggestions and replies. They seem comfortable taking their time, composing their thoughts, and discussing their dreams.
Friendship truly can surround the world like a warm blanket, and a comfortable chair. Thanks to our family and friends out there. M
When I started this blog in May 2007, it was for the sole purpose of staying in touch with friends and family while we traveled to Europe for three months. I am still staying in touch. "Traveller's Joy" clematis vitalba: Wildflower found throughout southwest Europe/Africa. Used for medicinal purposes and found "climbing and covering" the roadsides of Europe.
We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential. ~Ellen Goodman