When I read that comment I realized that in many cases that is true for me, too, although I am blessed with many friends that live near enough to me that I have met them. Some of them live in my town, but we also stay in touch via emails, Facebook as well as in person.
Now that I have cut back on teaching, I am not meeting nearly as many people, so if I am going to see my distant dear ones, I need to still travel. Travel that is purely for pleasure is so much less stressful, though. Miss a flight? Not a big deal. Friends will understand. Not like a room full of people who have paid money for you to show up, maybe booked time off work to take a workshop.
So we have been planning some trips, just for the pure enjoyment of getting together with dear friends.
In the meantime it warms the cockles of my heart when a remembrance gift arrives in the mail as happened today. With winter coming these socks will keep me warm in more than a physical sense, but also in an emotional one. Knowing that a dear friend thought enough of me to send these uplifting socks. :). In a cute bag, too.