I may bemoan the lack of old-fashioned letter-writing, or even email correspondence. The long missives that caught you up on what friends were doing, thinking, feeling. Sometimes, I look at the short-attention-span and "public" nature of things like Facebook and cringe.
But other times, I realize it's given me a bit of a gift. Old friends, who'd fallen out of contact -- we lost the conveniences of catching up over coffee, easy phone conversations or long emails. Our lives got busier; we moved in and out of different time zones; we created new circles and new families.
But it's nice to know that M. is doing well pursuing his life-long theater dream, that E. is indeed "raising bright Texas children" with his best friend, that S. and M. are making wedding plans. That A. has taken up speed-skating, that T. has taken to beautiful crafting. To reconnect, and catch up on a little of the daily minutia and re-establish bonds and conversations. My life is very full.
So today's gratitude: modern communication and old, dear friends. And the mix.