People always say these things during transative periods. The one that keeps comming back into mind is "Stay in touch" or "Let's keep in touch".
People don't, as a rule, Touch. Lovers do, family perhaps, but most americans have this impenetrable bubble of personal space that defies any one from entering within to make physical contact. This is double so with men.
Men, they give the arm punch, or the brief shoulder patr from as far from each other as they phyiscally can be. People scrunch in on themselves on the subway so they don't brush against the stranger next to them.
It occurs to me that I've never been in physical contact with my boss. I've touched his son in the way of high fives, bumped fists, pats on the back but yet my employer of four years, not once. Not even a hand shake. That's wierd I think. I've shaken HIS bosses hand more than I've shaken his.
In a non literal sence, keeping in touch, is still rather difficult isn't it?
We put peopel on lists and we initially send them little notes and we try to call them and make sure they know we care but slowly these things happen further and further apart. Then, finally, in the distant future you're trying to remember who this person in your address book is. Why are they in my phone book? Honey do you remember a Bill Jenkins? No? Huh.
If you're on my friends list and haven't been in touch this is a good chance.
Let me know you still remember who I am, or ask me who I am. Let me know who you are, just in case I've forgotten. (I haven't. but you know I do like updates on what's been happening)
Purges from the friends list may follow. Not a threat, just don't want any one to be surprised if they find themselves with one less mutual friend.