Every time I think about this particular friend I want to pick up the phone and call her. We used to work together. We have Super Bowled and enjoyed other sporting events together. I went to her son’s last-minute out-of-state wedding. We have comforted and encouraged each other when our strong-willed, spirited sons had us pulling our hair out. We have laughed about the maniacal driving habits of our husbands. I have been the only non-family member at their family reunions. We were tight and always knew what was happening in the other’s life cycle.
Well, she retired a while back and we see less and less of each other. Then we stayed in touch with email updates. Then she started sending those impersonal chain emails that brought good or bad luck determined by how quickly you forwarded to whatever number of people. As pesky and sterile as they were, I’d give a personal note in my response. Now those don’t come my way often enough.
There is a void when we talk now and the conversation seems strained. Our time together has been limited and we are not current on life’s events.
Do you have someone you have fallen out of touch with? Have you tried to bridge the gap? How? Was it worth the effort?