Dropping Off The Map

“Just thinking about you and wondering how you are doing…you kinda dropped off the map!”

This is a Facebook message that I just received from the mom of a host family that I spent an entire summer with back in 1998 in southern California. It seems like a long time ago, yet the feelings and memories still remain fresh and hearty that I still get goosebumps from reminiscing everything that I had experienced with those four lovely people under the humid Californian sun.

We don’t always have a clue as to who is thinking of us. Aside from the obvious ones, the likes of our parents and relatives, we can never predict when, how and why our presence will cross our friends’ mind. Just because we are good friends with certain people, it doesn’t mean that they will think of us a lot when we are not in their close proximity. Just because we haven’t talked to a long lost friend, it doesn’t mean that he or she isn’t thinking of us frequently. Many things in life can trigger our past memories. Thinking of someone that we miss yet haven’t kept in touch with for a long time is spontaneous trigger that no one can foresee.

Although planning is helpful when it comes to making a phone call, replying to an email, or making a priority list for the purpose of ensuring no friend is being dropped off the map in our world; however, when it comes to demonstrating the genuineness of a relationship, at times, it is momentary impulses that count.

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