Growin’ Up – a blog about life after Smith by Lauren Kaelin ’10 : Postcards

August 2, 2010

My dear dear friend, Henry Fandel is currently biking across the country. After graduating, he and his best friend, Sam McLaughlin decided they would dedicate their first free summer to raising money for the non-profit, 4Walls International. Henry and Sam are biking across the country, east to west, to raise funds and awareness of this sustainable development start-up.

Henry and I have been friends for years and I have always admired his spontaneity and adventurousness. Last night he called me from Oregon. One month left on his trip and only two states left.

In our years of friendship we have mostly been “long-distance-friends.” Henry brought this up last night—that the reason our friendship works is because we don’t have to talk everyday. And when we do, we don’t have to catch-up. It’s effortless. And really, he said, “aren’t we all long-distance friends at this point?”

It’s true, with the exception of Margaret, the women that have been my best friends for the past four years—the rocks that I built my Smith experience on, and were literally inseparable from for four years—we have been displaced across the country, and in two cases, outside the country. Now we’re all long-distance friends.


4 Responses to “Growin’ Up – a blog about life after Smith by Lauren Kaelin ’10 : Postcards”

  1. Ingrid said

    i just got back to scma after my lunch break and i opened the gate (our homepage) to see a link to none other than this blog!

    a long distance friend

  2. Katie said

    1. I love the picture on your fridge, I have one framed in my apartment.
    2. I feel like everyone i’ve ever know is my long distance friend at this point.

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