I have been thinking about friends and friendship a lot this week. It started a few days ago with a call from a good friend from college. We met the first day of freshman year, went through college, both moved to Austin for grad school, both moved to DC…but when I moved to Boston, she moved to Cairo – yes in Egypt, not in Illinois. That was over 30 years ago. She has since lived all over the world, but we always kept in touch – at least once a year. Now that she lives closer, I don’t see her all that much more often. But whenever we connect – we TALK, sometimes a bit nonstop. It is such a grounded friendship that we can pick up from where we left off, as though time has not passed. I described this to my daughter, who was able to liken this to her friendships with some of her friends from school. The importance of friends came up with a colleague today, and again I was reminded that despite our busy lives, it important to maintain relationships that we value. So, remember to call a friend, just to say hi. Who are you going to call this weekend?