ruthless compassion (aroraborealis) wrote,
ruthless compassion

I'm a bad phone friend

I had a time in my life when I was a phone person. It was a long time, even, probably last from roughly age 7, when I learned that I could talk on the phone for hours and it was, if not AS good as having the friend over, it was a reasonable second and it didn't involve badgering my parents or my friend's parents to drive anywhere, to roughly age 20 or 21 when I discovered irc, which, for me, is much better than the phone for many reasons. Now, I'm not much of a phone person, except with a few particular friends, and I tend to be bad about making time for making phone calls, especially when a time zone must be taken into account.

Nonetheless, I managed to carve out an hour or so tonight to call my friend Claudia, from Guatemala, who is now in San Francisco. We hadn't chatted since I was in Houston in March, so we had lots to catch up on, including my May visit to Guate and her case for asylum here in the US. And it was very nice to spend an hour speaking Spanish. penk often urges me to speak Spanish around him and Zach, but, well, I'm no good at monologues, so I made the call while they were both around, and got a gratifyingly sweet reaction from both of them, although Zach wins for the entranced/bemused expression on his face.

I have several friends who I can't keep up with via chat or email, and I should make more of an effort to find the time to catch up with them via phone on a regular basis of intervals less than 6-8 months. Of course, with all the travel this year it's been crazy, but that's a worthy goal for the summer.

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