I have some friends that I keep in touch with only through holiday cards. And that’s not even necessarily ones who send holiday letters. It may be a picture of the kids, or even just a short note, but the mere fact that we remain on each others lists is connection enough. In some cases this has been augmented with e-mails over the year, and lately LinkedIn, Facebook and blogs.
Well, through a series of email exchanges, I discovered that a friend of mine from college is in a similar life situation to me. We have not seen each other in about 17 years, but we had a phone conversation the other night and it was as if we had been in touch all along. And we will probably get together in the Spring or Summer, after the thaw (he lives in Boston). The essence of friendship is that we can reconnect after all this time, and it just feels very natural.