It’s the distance — whether latitude and longitude, time, or space, or attitude — that can affect each and every relationship in our lives. You do still care, but you are not always there. You begin to think differently, or not as much, without that regular reminder. You can close the gap by phone, or a card, or quick message, to show you care, especially when you can’t be there. But once in a while you need that smile, the presence of a person, to make it all worthwhile. You need a visit, a little time together, just to see and to feel the need. A simple gesture, an act of grace, can pull you back on track and put you in the right place. You need to be reminded, or remind yourself, of all that is whole and good, and real. You need to remember that distance need not be an obstacle, if your mind and heart is open. You may not be there, always, but you can still feel there. Moments together remind you what you have, what you cherish, and what you need. j.g.l.