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Thursday
Dec132012

The Gift of Friends

Because Christmas is only 12 days away, I've naturally had friends and presents on my mind. There are so many people that I would love to give a little something, but then I wonder if I've grown too old for gift exchanges. And I think about whether a heartfelt phone call or handwritten letter would be more thrilling than a cute pair of earrings since the theme of everyone's year seems to be "busy," "failure to connect," and "thinking of your from afar." Thankfully, Sarah Stewart Holland answered this for me.

Last night, I sat down to write my blog post. But this happened...

On Wed, Dec 12, 2012 at 3:17 AM, The Other Sarah wrote:

Okay, so it's 114 am. I just woke up with my computer in my lap and a frozen/missing/eaten alive blog post on Squarespace after unintentionally passing out on the couch. I will have to figure something out in the morning to replace what I had in fact written. This is the last time I write a post directly in the blog editor instead of MS Word. SORRY. 

Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 15:17:24 -0600
Subject: Re: Post
From: Sarah Stewart Holland
To: The Other Sarah

Been there. ; ) It's fine.

Sarah's simple but supportive response is what I needed most. Although we work together as a team everyday, this gesture meant so much more to me than a cool pair of stud earrings or chic scarf could. It reminded me that this partnership, friendship, and she herself is THE gift. Not stuff.

And I think most friends would agree. It's the connection that matters most. There'd be nothing better—short of seeing them—than to receive a handwritten letter sharing what's keeping them busy, what's bringing them happiness, and what TV shows they're obsessing over. Even if it's only a few times per year. 

How do you stay connected to long-distance friends and make sure it doesn't feel as time without them has passed?

~ The Other Sarah

 

Reader Comments (3)

And now I'm crying. Thanks so much friend! I feel the EXACT same way about you :)

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Stewart Holland

I like hand written post cards or personal letters. No one uses the mail anymore and all you ever get is bills. Which no one likes that, so it's always exciting to get a card in the mail. Reminds you that life isn't just about bills. That there are still people who care enough to take time and write to you!

December 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa Laughlin

Alyssa, I love the idea of keeping a collection stamped postcards at the ready so you can quickly pen a note—even a sentence or two—and drop it in the mail for a friend. Echoing what you said, there's always time for friends.

December 17, 2012 | Registered CommenterSalt & Nectar

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