by Sarah Powers for The Washington Post
Recently I had lunch with a few girlfriends I hadn’t seen in several months. As each one arrived at the restaurant, our greetings fell into a familiar pattern.
“You cut your hair! So cute!”
“Oh my gosh, I LOVE that bag. Where did you get it?”
“Have you lost weight? You look amazing!”
“Ooooh, those boots. I want.”
The compliments flew fast between old friends, zinging across our crowded table and returned just as enthusiastically. It was our way of greeting one another, connecting after time apart, and reestablishing the bond of friendship now that we could see each other in the flesh, and not just in a Facebook photo or Instagram stream.