Long-distance friendships are a staple of expat life. It’s not that we don’t have any friends, it’s just that all our friends live on different continents!
Do you have any long-distance friends? Have you ever had success in sustaining long-distance friendships??
To be honest, I find it really, really difficult to keep up relationships long-distance. Blogging, and the occasional Skype call just don’t work in most cases. Proximity really is one of the key ingredients to friendship.
My sister, however, is a master at long-distance. She has this trick of dropping me a one or two-line email with a link or a picture of her or my niece that keeps me updated on the little things going on. I get intimidated by a huge newsy email, and the time difference between Moscow and MN means that it’s hard to schedule Skype calls, but one line emails I can handle! Sometimes we’ll exchange several short emails a day with a little prayer request or just a sentence on how we’re doing.
There are a few other long-distance friends that I’ve been able to keep up with, and I so value and appreciate being able to pick up with them where we’ve left off, even if we don’t speak for months at a time. Getting an email, even if it’s just a short one saying “Pray for me, I’m struggling with _______” is always welcome and a privilege. Keeping the door open, I think, is another key to long-distance friendships…
What about you? Do you have any advice for long-distance relationship?
PPS. vintage Skype ad found here.