Five Minute Friday: On Distance

Yep, it’s that time again. Time to take 5 minutes and write on whatever prompt the beautiful Lisa-Jo has given us. And this week, the prompt is ‘On Distance’.

Let’s go!

The dunes and the firth at Findhorn.

I write this sat at the dining room table of our flat in London, tea next to me with its wisp of steam curling around like a dancer pirouetting, Radio 2 burbling over the constant hum-hum-fizz of the traffic on the hill outside.

I am so far away from my friends and family.

Matthew is a thousand miles away, in Prague with the boys. 650 miles away my parents will be working hard and looking forward to the weekend. 500 miles away Sian is probably taking the dogs for a walk, the wind from the Atlantic whipping her hair as she enjoys the coastline. 600 miles away Peter is probably fast asleep, slumbering the sleep of the student.

Over a thousand miles away, probably much more, my friends in the States are asleep – Jenna getting ready for a new day, Christy preparing for Friday (Friday, gotta get done on Friday), Amber resting up and getting stronger. My friends in the UK – Shona, Hannah, Laura, Naomi, Jane, Henry, the many others I am blessed to love, will all be going about their days, so far from here, so far from me.

Even here in London there’s an element of distance, and it’s a strange one. Everywhere in London from here is less than an hour. But still, lunches fall through, months stretch on, and before you know it the boundary has shifted.

Such is life, yes?

But the most beautiful thing is, I think, the fact that this distance really isn’t distance at all. Not anymore. Sure, sometimes I grieve for the fact that I can’t live like the cast of Friends, with all my favourite people just around the corner, to live like the uni days when Jane and Naomi were in the rooms next door or Hannah was just up the street, but I also thank God that technology has found a way to make the distance easier to navigate.

I may not be able to give Jenna a hug or make Amber pasta as often as I like, but I love that I am connected to my friends in oh so many ways. Each email from Elly, full of wedding news; each phone call from Mum, with plans for the garden and excitement for summer visits; each text from Sam, often a risque joke; each comment from Michelle, sharing our lives through our blogs; each card from Emily, handmade and as gorgeous as she is….these things flow to me and remind me that for love and friendship, distance is but a tiny obstacle.

Stop!

Have a great Friday, all!

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9 Comments

  1. Kris
    15th April 2011 / 10:05 am

    Beautiful! And like you, I am SO thankful for modern technology that bridges the gap. I can't imagine if we were all truly disconnected by the miles. Bless you, friend.

  2. Hilary
    15th April 2011 / 10:41 am

    I loved this – your descriptions are lovely (I especially loved the steam curling like a dancer pirouetting), and somehow we do span the gap between things. It is hard, but so worthwhile. It's so good to hear that you have such good friends all over the place! May they bless you today.

  3. AC
    15th April 2011 / 4:46 pm

    Nice post, I love how descriptive you are. And you're right technology has built some great bridges so we can stay close even from afar.

  4. Alita
    15th April 2011 / 5:43 pm

    With real friends distance is a really small obstacle, you are so right.

  5. MamaGee
    15th April 2011 / 9:31 pm

    Beautiful – just beautiful! Beautiful post, beautiful memories, beautiful relationhips. Beautiful descriptions, beautiful adjectives, beautiful everything! Loved it – I'll be visiting again soon 🙂 xox

  6. Riot Kitty
    15th April 2011 / 11:35 pm

    Awww! Very nice post. We will meet in person, I promise – perhaps go to Cafe Pasta!

  7. Relyn
    16th April 2011 / 2:21 am

    Oh! Oh, I wish I could go with you.

  8. Anonymous
    18th April 2011 / 7:00 am

    Your blog has made me comment here instead of on the books one, but OMG you will LOVE the Book Thief – Al's mum gave me a copy for Christmas a few years ago and I LOVED it – Al did too… So excited for you to be reading that next!!!Mme Muir 😉 xPS – call soon?

  9. Cin
    19th April 2011 / 9:24 am

    tiny obstacles…beautiful perspective. Thank you for your words and thank you for swinging by my place.

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