|Me with friends in the Philippines|
So it's probably no surprise that I lost track of my friends. A lot of important friends. I felt incredibly sad about that once I reached my mid-twenties and realized I couldn't go back and undo my error.
Two good things have happened since I made that mistake so long ago:
- I learned from my mistake.
- Modern technologies like email, Facebook, and Twitter evolved, which makes staying in touch easy.
|L-R: Me, Mokhtar, my husband (in Morocco)|
If your friends have children, you could also encourage your children to be "Pen Pals" or "email pals," or "Skype buddies."
When my son was five and Skyped with our friend's 5 year-old in India, their exchanges weren't particularly engaging to the adults nearby. They went something like this:
My son, holding up a new toy tractor: "Look, my John Deere."
Our friend's son, "Look, train."
This continued until they exhausted their show of toys. When they saw each other again last year, however, they instantly played like old buddies. I'm confident the few Skype visits since they first met in 2008 helped nurture their friendship.