I just shared a series of e-mails with a great friend, who I haven’t seen for a long while. For many years he was a sounding board, as I was for him. It has been good to catch up, and regret that time and distance have come between us. I am committed to try and not let our friendship end, and to work at getting it back where it belongs in my life. The friendship was important to me then, and I sense it can be again. Although distance and circumstances have changed for us both, the underlying bonds are still there intact. As I think about times long passed, I hesitate. I am mindful that when friends speak ever so much of times gone by, it’s because their present time is turning them from friends to strangers. I want to avoid saying goodbye before it is time, with other words, and ways, and silences. So when that moment is here, we will say goodbye as it should be said between friends.