I’m not a big phone person. I don’t really like talking on the phone. But when you have long distance friends it’s just something you’ve got to do. Although lately I have to admit I’ve had trouble getting my girlfriends on the phone. I’ve called and (most of the time) they call me back. And of course as phone tag continues, the return call usually comes at a time when I can’t answer. Then I try again when I’m free to call them back only to get their voice mail. Yes, it’s frustrating. But there are a few communication backups in place.
Facebook: It’s nothing new but if I can’t get my friends on the phone I’ll usually see what they’re up to on Facebook. Some are good about posting daily updates and even if it’s something silly about Melissa’s eating habits or Tonya’s dog at least I’m learning something about their lives.
Email: Even if we can’t seem to get our schedules to collide on the phone, emailing is super easy. We can write group emails filling each other in on life and what’s going on. Recently we’ve shared some funny stories through email and seeing them pop up in my inbox definitely helps me to feel connected to my long distance friends.
The Traveling Journal: Even though I don’t see the Traveling Journal every week or even every month, knowing that it exists help create a foundation of friendship. Even though we don’t talk on the phone regularly and our game of phone tag seems never ending, at least we share something unique in the pages of our Traveling Journal.