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I have many wonderful friends who live locally, in other parts of the country, and even abroad. While Facebook is a great way to keep up to date and see what everyone is up to, and WhatsApp and other chat platforms let us catch-up to some degree, it is easy for friends to drift apart. Everyone’s lives are busy and time passes before we know it.
I’m curious to know how other people maintain special friendships with people who live far away.
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My sisters live in another country and my husband works overseas as well. And it is never easy especially when I am left alone to do all the parenting stuff. Sometimes, I wish they could all work here so we can be together but circumstances say that it is not possible.
I guess, like what others said, Communication is the key. It is communication both with quality and quantity that made our relationships work even though we are thousands of miles away from each other. We see to it that we call or text each other many times should schedule permit. And, thanks to technology, we get to see each others' faces as much as we want to.
My sisters also see to it that they visit us every year while my husband only works for 6 months and then spends time with us for 2 months. So, I guess that suffice to make our set-up work.
Long-distance relationships are never easy. Like my husband always say, it is only for the strong-hearted.
During the pandemic we all really learned how to embrace long-distance relationships because distance didn't seem to matter! We still schedule zoom calls when we can to catch up and take a few moments to "hang out".
My husband and I relocated away from a group of friends and we try to do annual trips together with our kids. We try to find a spot that's about halfway for all of us. We'll rent a house and bring all of the kids. It's a really fun weekend.
I also text with friends near and far a lot, probably too much. But pandemic or not, motherhood can be isolating, and I like being able to pick up my phone and ask a friend something during the day. It makes the hard days seem easier and our group chat is a wonderful place to let it all out!
I keep connected with my friends who live afar mostly by Snapchat and WhatsApp. We have group chats and/or send snippets of what we are doing in the here and now with SC.
It’s so hard to keep close but I find social media to be an easy way to keep us connected as if we are physically closeby better than the phone or email.
In the last 5 years, a good number of my lifelong friends have moved away. It is hard to see so many leave.
I try to keep up with them the best that I can.
My way of staying connected involves "phone dates" where we can have an uninterrupted time to catch up. We do this about 3 times per year and have a quick unscheduled chat on occasion. It is not the same as time together but it helps.
Also, we try to see each other in person whenever we can. I have had many trips canceled in the last 2 years due to the pandemic, so we are sorely past our time for a visit. I will probably start to try and plan a meet-up either halfway (by plane) at an inexpensive airport hub, or one of us will visit the other.
Those times together are what really cement our friendship.
It is hard when friends move and even harder to find new replacement pals!
Two of my best friends in the world live a long way away. One of them is a 9 hour drive and the other a 5 hour drive. Whilst i miss them terribly and we only get to physically see each other once or twice a year - they still remain my nearest and dearest friends.
The best way that we stay connected is really on the phone. I travel a lot for work and often phone them whilst i am driving (on blue tooth of course for safety). This way i can fill in the time and also catch up. We have never been big on sending birthday gifts or anything like that but we do use social media to stay connected as well. We share funny Tik Tok videos with each other, send messages on Facebook and of course comment on each others posts. Even though we live so far away our relationship stays strong.