I love March, when during the Slice of Life Challenge, I commit to writing on a daily basis. It's fun during 31 days of posts to watch the ebb and flow of my writing. Some days I'll be incredibly pleased with how a post turned out; other days I'll just be glad I posted anything at all. A huge thanks to the gang at Two Writing Teachers for hosting, organizing, and commenting on this ginormous event each year. I appreciate the community of writers you encourage the entire month of March, and all the Tuesdays the rest of the year. Thank you, thank you.
This March, I plan to connect as many posts as possible to my #OLW for the year - SAVOR.
I dislike phone calls. I'm not a great multi-tasker, so when I get a phone call, I have to sit down in one place and be very focused on the person on the other end of the phone and their words. As my cell phone rang this time, I looked at my screen and saw that it was my friend, Lisa.
She never calls me. I quickly sat down on the couch and answered.
"What's up?! Is everything ok?!" were the first words out of my mouth.
"Yes, everything is fine. We just hadn't talked for awhile, so I wanted to touch base."
An hour later, we wrapped up our conversation with our typical closing ritual.
"Talk to you soon. Love you."
"Love you, too."
I had spent an hour sitting on my couch, doing nothing at all except talking to Lisa, and it was the best hour of my day.
We had talked about:
- her travel plans to Florida with her husband to visit family
- my travel plans to Hilton Head with my husband for spring break
- my future travel plans next winter to a warmer climate (and wouldn't it be great if she and her husband came to visit!)
- our children and what was happening in their lives
- her grandchildren and how darling they are
- our plans for what we can do together when I retire (she's already there!)
An hour's worth of sitting on the couch.
An hour's worth of conversation and friendship.
I dislike phone calls.
But I love this friend!
**Author's note - You know how sometimes things dovetail in unexpected ways? That's how I felt about this moment. That same day, Ann Marie Corgill had shared a link written by a friend of hers titled "Would You Rather Be Liked Online or Loved in Person?" It's a great read and thought-provoking.
I love my online friends and connectedness, but the in-person, or in this case, telephone call with a dear friend, means so much!!