L is a really good friend of mine who I worked with in my first job out of University. I temped during the summer holidays before my final year, working in the student accommodation service of the local University in my hometown. On my first day as a temp (when I was lying through my teeth that I could use computers!) I met L. It was her first day on the job and she went by the exulted title of "Adminstrative Officer" I think. In any case we were both admin slaves, it's just that she got paid better! I worked with her for 2 summers and then kept temping for about 6 months after graduation until I found my first permanent job in London. So we sweated and cursed and bitched about our jobs, but we had a great time. We'd go out for drinks and food after work and this was my first workplace, where I learnt an awful lot about politics and management! L got married a few months before I did. We kept in touch pretty well up until about 2004 when we left for Zurich, although I did see her in London just before I left and met her daughter (who was a toddler at that point!)
I emailed L my Christmas news, but didn't get any reply, so resent the email to a few other addresses I had for her. I even googled her via her workplace, to check her work address and sent an email. And then still didn't hear anything, which was quite unusual. I was thinking of her a few days ago, but decided that I wouldn't email again, that some friendships have a life and a timescale of their own and that perhaps we had gone in different directions.
And then today I got a really lovely long email from her, catching me up on all the news. And I can't tell you how good that makes me feel! Plus, she's heard of bookcrossing but hasn't released any books yet! I think it's amazing how friendships work and I'm really looking forward to renewing ours. I wonder if I can persuade her to visit Zurich ? :-)