I received wonderful replies from both friends. With one of the friends, I had been remiss in not replying to her previous email from over a year and a half ago. You’ve definitely caused me to reflect on whether there are any other folks who are in need of reconnecting. And I think that’s part of the secret to being a “friend whisperer”: intention. It doesn’t help if making sure the garbage cans get dragged to the curb for trash day is a greater priority to remember than making sure connections stay strong.
I have added calendar reminders to call or email them in a week.