“Should auld acquaintance be forgot”*…

Today I had the privilege of spending two hours with a friend of seven years who is currently conducting research in Oxford. It was an opportunity for her to meet my daughter, who was a very teeny tiny embryo the last time we met, as well as a chance for us to catch up – as much as one can over lunch in a noisy café with a baby.

It is special when one is able to meet up with a friend where the conversation just carries on from where it left off last time. For sure, social media (namely Facebook, Skype and email, in this instance) help immensely to keep both sides apprised of the other party’s affairs, but a lasting friendship doesn’t, I believe, need even those assists to be well-cemented and comfortable.


*First line from the poem “Auld Lang Syne” by Robert Burns.


About Laurel C Kriegler

A born and bred South African, I was educated at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa, where I graduated with an Honours Degree (post-graduate) in Economics at the end of 2001. After spending several years gaining work experience in the UK, I returned to South Africa to get married. It was during the ensuing period that my pursuits of writing and editing took hold.
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