Sunday, October 14, 2012

I'm feeling kind of melancholy/nostalgic tonight. Is there a word that combines those two things? Or maybe nostalgia always comes with at least a twinge of melancholy...Anyway -- I've been thinking of old friends who have drifted out of my life. I know that I am far more blessed than many because I have an extraordinary number of very old friends who are active parts of my life today. I mean that I've known them for more than forty years and we're still in touch, some of us almost daily. That's amazing, really. But there are others who were so important to me -- toward whom I still feel strong tugs of love and gratitude -- and who have disappeared, sometimes literally, from my life. I am not the first person to wish I could put everyone I love on an island and live with them there forever. So it's not an original thought or feeling, but it's what I'm wishing for this evening.

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