Today has been a day filled with many emotions: joy, tears, remembrance, gratitude and confirmation. It started when a friend from very long ago reached out and typed a simple message of ‘hello’. The circumstances of how and why our friendship came to a halt were because of a personal life-changing decision I had to make for myself. That was over thirteen years ago and we have not spoken since.
After receiving and reading this note I had to dry my tears to answer the telephone. The ringing quickly brought me back from the past into the present. Not recognizing the number I simply said ‘hello’. The second the caller spoke it was impossible not to share my joy upon hearing from another dear friend. You would never know that a year had wedged its way between us since we last spoke because the conversation flowed so easily.
Can the absence of communication destroy the strong bond between friends? I have often wondered about that until today. I always hoped that because of distance and silence my true friends would not think their friendship meant nothing to me. Today, two of those friends, who matter to me, told me with a simple ‘hello’ that I matter to them too!