Hearing from an old friend after a long time has passed really soothes the soul - not only did they remember you, they also liked you enough to get back in touch. You would think with the modern technology era it would be easier than ever to keep in touch and in some ways lurking in the background on Facebook does allow you to see what everyone else is doing without speaking to anyone. But I think the modern spin leaves a little to be desired. Many people have stopped ringing their mates just for a chat - these days it is more likely to be MSN conversation whilst watching TV, eating dinner and checking your email all at the same time.
It is nice to be remembered. It is even nicer to know that there could be an actual meeting of two physical beings where you can look the other person in the eye when you speak to them and you don't have to say lol every five minutes. Unless of course you are so sucked into text speak that you have lost any grasp on the English language that you might have previously attained. Let's have tea and toast. Such a quaint idea, such a lovely thought - the kind of thing that one can imagine the famous five scampering off to do. A nice catch up, where we can explain all about our lives this past year and how and why they didn't work out the way we thought they would, or indeed describe in plentiful detail the wonderful outcomes as well as expand upon our optimism for what the future may bring.
It makes me want to reach out to other friends who are drifting on the end of a string. They know I'm here, I know they are there and quite often life gets in the way to prevent that casual get together, even harder if you have moved away from each other. But there is nothing so indomitable as the human spirit so just try and keep us down! I think this year should be the year when the hand written note takes the place of the electronic mail, the phone call replaces the online chat window and tea and toast become a united symbol of friendship as two people - living, breathing, actual people spend some actual time with each other and catch up.