So, driving back from LG and EG's home in Chicago last night while processing the details of a very important email exchange GJ and I have in progress, I get a brilliant idea.
When I call a friend/sister/brother in the future, I'm going to invite them for coffee. Instead of just talking on the telephone and pacing, cleaning, cooking... whatever. While we talk, I want us to each fix a cup/glass of a favorite beverage, find a favorite, relaxing spot and then conduct our conversation.
i.e., if I'm talking with RvH, she can move out onto her lovely patio and take a seat in the gentle sunshine, surrounded by her geraniums while I settle into my bright blue cafe chair on my back deck facing the woods. We'll sip our beverages and chat--a virtual experience of the best sort.
I know that Facebook is supposed to be our future for communication, information, connection, and that many are worried that e-mail replacing face-to-face conversing will destroy relationships. But really, every girlfriend/sister/brother knows that you'll never find anything that tops a chat with audible words, exclamations, real laughter, nuances, and pregnant pauses.
I'll keep you informed. I will be traveling a lot in the next few weeks--nowhere too exotic--and I intend to issue more than one invitation to friends and sisters to share a cup of coffee.