Last night I had dinner with friends and was reminded once again how important social interaction is to us when we're living alone. I've read that for the elderly especially, being alone can mean real isolation and serious issues surrounding eating well and taking care of oneself, and I can see how that happens. Because its so easy to curl up with a book and just stay alone. Fortunately I'm not there!
I stay busy enough during the day and still get out a lot at night, but sharing a meal is even more important I think. There's something about breaking bread together that makes conversation easy and opening up our hearts part of the menu. Being with good friends, whether around your own table or at a restaurant, is good for the soul. In so many ways.
Friends have been my lifeline this past year. I think the same will be true for the coming one.