Sunday 26 August 2012

Day 26 #blogflash2012 - Seeing

This week of camping, culminating in a wedding, has allowed us to spend some time with relatives we don't get to see very often. They are all my in-laws, but some are simply the coolest people around. Some have just been too busy to keep in touch. The only problem with a gathering like this is that you get so little time with each person. Yes, the reception will probably last for 5 hours, but if we have 10 relatives to visit, they only get 30 minutes each. I have this problem when my family gets together at Thanksgiving. Inevitably, there some aunts and uncles I don't really spend any time with.

Seeing people is something I don't do very often. I'm not social and I don't feel I have a lot of exciting news (this year, with book contracts is an exception!) to share. I prefer meeting face to face. When I was young, I could gab on the phone for hours, but as I've gotten older, I find I just don't get as much from a phone call as sitting over a cup of tea. There's something in actually seeing that other person, their mannerisms, their pauses, where their eye wanders, that tells me more than just their voice can. I've almost given up answering the phone. I let my husband get it. I don't really want to talk to them anyway. I want to see them.