December 30 – Gift. This month, gifts and gift-giving can seem inescapable. What’s the most memorable gift, tangible or emotional, you received this year?

It wasn’t a big ticket emotional item, but I’m really glad to have connected more with an old high school acquaintance. She and I knew each other in high school, but never really hung out that much. The craziness that is Facebook1 reunited us in the casual context. However, after a few drunken chat sessions on there2, there was a realization that we connected pretty well. She and I both share a very practical, play-it-how-things-are approach to life, although I think she’s got the guts to act on it nearly whenever she wants. Granted, we don’t talk all the time or anything, but after crashing with her and her fiancé for a weekend back in Fargo, it was pretty obvious that she respects and cares for her friends that matter.

Thankfully, I am one of those friends. For as short as our friendship has been, she’s done a marvelous job of keeping it intact. She’s done a pretty good job of keeping in touch, but it cannot stay that way. This will be a friendship I’ll need to remember to work on to keep. We have to share that pro-active nature, being 1000-miles separated and such.

1It has the maddening and addicting quality of wanting to find out things about people in your past. Probably helps feed our need to feel vindicated in the decisions and choices we’ve made in life.
2Or even a couple phone calls. We have a tendency to get in touch with each other when we’re intoxicated (one or the other, if not both), and just go on about life, and just rant in general to reinforce each other.

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