Why Friends Stay in Touch
After the sun’s set
After the week’s work has ended
While reading another chatty letter from a friend
Who moved away, how many years ago? (now that I think about it, it’s more than ten);
We keep meaning to get together but life’s complicated and our schedules don’t seem to match up for a shared time and place or a shared when,
Which is completely understandable since after receiving a truly superb job offer in his field (the rise and fall of large mammals during and following the most recent ice age) he packed up and moved to England;
But I have an affection for our correspondence via the ancient practice of letters which I read and re-read on Saturday nights with my cup of tea to keep me company as I carefully reply to his observations while adding my own along with highlights from the days of my life, which I sign with my favorite pen, fold with care, stamp, and send.