These are the thoughts of a Texas transplant in West Michigan who makes his living as a newspaper reporter by evening, and a struggling novelist by day.

Friday, November 11, 2005

old friends...where are they?

it's funy how when people move out of a certain area, the euphemism "out of sight, outof mind" really seems to fit quite well.

we've been in michigan for two years now and over that period of time, friends who've i've known over the years, kept in contact with faithfully, have slowly slipped away. first the calls come in regularly, 'how's it going?" type of thing. or the old one, how's the weather up there? then the cals lessen from every few weeks or so to every couple of months, to nothing. e-mails? same thing. i mean, people must get on their computers, whether at work, home or at school. it doesn't take more than five minutes to write a decent e-mail to catch up. i guess the world's spinning too quickly and life's too fast for people to simply stop and write or call. it's very disconcerting.

call me a whiner if you'd like, but friends are important to me. i like that line of contact with someone, whether by phone, in person or electronically. it's fun exchanging informatno, anecdotes and the run of the mill stuff friends talk about.

i've left phone messages on answering machines and e-mailed some folks. many go unreturned. i feel like i'm trying to hold on to something that just isn't anymore.

i'm still the same person i was when i was in texas. i still have th same likes and dislikes. so what if i'm 1,500 miles away? that shouldn't mater. in fact, that should strengthen ties. distance should make a friendship fonder.

and i've tried keeping in contact. dawn says maybe i'm the one that has to do it. but you know, it takes two to make a friendship. the e-mails go both ways. the phone line is on both ends. i tire of trying to be the one who keeps up with people. i guess i'm tired of holding on to something others don't want to.

so i've decided to shrug and forgot about it. ok, it's time for george harrison's song "wah wah" to play now. heh heh


Anonymous Lilly said...

Sorry old friend. You are quite right. It is not fair to be treated in such a way, and friendships need tending. I really enjoy your blog because your writing conveys your personality very well. It's like you're just talking to me, and I forget that "Hey, I know this is going on in Roel's life, but he doesn't know what's going on in mine". Oops! Sorry. From now on will touch base more often.

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