Distance takes its toll. I really miss my Connecticut friends and the wonderful times we spent together. We forged a special bond with each which we treasure beyond measure.
But it's not the same here. We've met such wonderful people but they are not exactly the same kind of friends. They are lovely acquaintances. We met through a common organization and do things together because of the organization. 'Socializing' or just getting together as friends do is not something that occurs.
Life doesn't often offer the chance to create a family of friends. We've lived around the country and in almost all the places we've lived we met people whose friendships we cherish. Most of those 'family of friends friendships' have lasted for decades. As we moved from place to place it was unbearably difficult to leave people we had come to love. I can count on both my hands who these people are. And we've been fortunate to have that many.
The problem is they are not here. Yet the closeness that we once shared has not been broken by the thousands of miles that separate us now. But they are not here, not close by, not close enough to share holidays, activities, trips, life. Sometimes I wish I could freeze the picture I carry in my mind and heart of those days.