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Friendship and Absence

Okay, I know blogs are a lot more fun with pictures and funny videos, but I hope you'll stick with me through a few postings that are nothing but words...

How many friends do you have? How often do you chat with those friends, do things with those friends?

How many friends do you have from way back that are separated from you by long distances?

How many friends have you lost touch with? How many friendships have you had that have grown apart?

Are you a good friend?

I was going to actually write something on this topic, but the closest I could come to doing so was writing a series of questions. I'll try again later.

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