Friendship and Other Responsibilities

Nov 4, 2014 | 2 comments

 

Daunting Setup Stuff

Daunting Setup Stuff

If you want to make yourself a little crazy (or in my case, crazier) change your email server and your email address. Do it after your hard drive has crashed and you don’t know how much of your old email program has been recovered. Then, when you try to notify your old correspondents about said new address, you won’t be at all sure who’s getting what. And besides that, make sure that for years and years you were pretty careless about updating your own files when someone notified you of their change of address. When you’ve accomplished all the above… welcome to my world!

Bit by bit I’m getting my new gmail program set up or so I tell myself. Meanwhile, I am hearing back from some people who are kind enough to respond to my change-of-address notice, and the BIG BONUS is that I’m hearing from friends I haven’t corresponded with lately. These are mostly friends that I’ve known for years and years. Since Hector was a pup. They are friends that go back to high school or to my starter marriage or to my earliest days of teaching. You know those sorts of friendships. They are the solid, always-be-there-for-you, not-dependent-upon-constant-nurturing sorts of friendships. The best kind!

A Page From My Friendship Log, 1948

A Page From My Friendship Log, 1948

So, betwixt and between, I’ve been catching up with people. Most everyone has some health news (dire and otherwise) and news of their families and their trips. It’s been a bit like getting those Christmas letters (which most of us gave up on years ago) a month or so early. We’ve even received some phone calls from folks who want to check in “in person.”

It all makes me feel just a tad guilty that I don’t do a better job keeping up with folks. At the same time, there’s the relief of knowing that neither do they and there’s that satisfying reassurance that good friends are always there. Although, at my age, I think I have to revise that last thought a bit – at least for long enough to answer these emails!

2 Comments

  1. Nancy Russell stone

    As one of your most “ancient” friends, thank you for the reminder. Hugs to you and the “Big Guy” from me and the he “Lesser Stature”….May the most qualified candidates receive the majority of votes in today’s elections..

    Reply
    • sydney

      Take a closer look at the page from the ‘friendship book’ my “ancient” friend.

      Reply

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