|She is cute, right? It's not my imagination?|
You just can't tell about other people. Sometimes I wish I could see past the Facebook updates, the vague blog posts that could be about anything, and the oh so limited 140 character Twitter snarks. Texting, talking on the phone, social media, and everything else that supposedly makes us more interconnected than ever does not replace the physical interactions - looking someone in the eyes to see how upset they really are, the knuckle punch of celebration when someone does something amazing, or the hug that really matters at just that right moment.
It's weird living so far away from all my friends. It's hard to know how much contact is enough to let them know that they are important to me, so very important, but not too much to be creepy and off putting. It's hard to read tone in email and text. It's hard to convey earnestness. It is a weird modern day challenge and I don't have any answers.
And it's hard when you see someone after such a long time. I visited with a friend I haven't seen since my wedding over the weekend and it was lovely, but weird. There was so much to say - illnesses, deaths, jobs, lots of life changing events - that just didn't get said unless we were face to face with one another.
Do you keep up with long-distance friendships? How? What do you do to make it not weird? How often is enough? How often is too much? How important is it to you?