Shortly after my birth in Texas my family moved to Minden, La where I lived until I was thirteen. During my time in Louisiana I met many wonderful people, one of whom lived accross the street from one of the many houses in which we lived. We became close over those three or four years. My family's move back to Texas came very suddenly and I was unable to say goodbye to all of my friends, Delana was one of them. Now, I was very young for my age in many ways and did not have the luxury of the internet to keep in touch easily with the friends I left behind.
Seventeen years and many moves later a road trip took me back to that small town in Louisiana. It was there I ran into Delana again and we vowed to keep in touch this time! I figured that would be easy what with home phones, cell phones, fax machines, texts, blogspot, myspace, facebook, email, twitter, you name it! I didn't realize Delana wasn't a fan of internet communication! Over the past two and a half years she's kept her end of the bargain much better than I, constantly sending me letters and pictures in the mail (you remember mail? paper, pen, envelope, stamps!) and calling me on random occasions for casual reasons. The best I did was answer the phone! Sure, I was always happy to hear from her and two or three times I managed to write her back but I've often felt I'm not being the best friend to her that I can. Yesterday, that fear was confirmed when I opened my mailbox to find a pair of diamond stud earrings from my dear sweet friend, Delana.