This morning as I was getting Fiona in the car to go to daycare she was admiring my necklace. I told her it was a gift from a friend who had bought it in Ireland which is a long way away. Then it occurred to me that I haven't seen the friend in question in ten or more years.
As I drove in to work something they were talking about on the radio made me think of another friend. And again I was startled to realize I hadn't seen the friend in question in at least a decade.
I started to wonder what the statute of limitations is on friendship.
I have friends I don't see for years at a time but when I do see them it's as if no time has passed at all.
I have had friends who I lost touch with but eventually bumped in to again only to discover they didn't want to renew the friendship. Those hurt and make me wish I could continue remembering things as they were.
I have friends on line (many of you in fact) who I've never actually met in person but would love to if I had the chance.
I guess for me friends are people I like. Not meeting them for a long time (or in fact ever) doesn't stop that. And really good friends are family.