Summer tends to be a time when I am removed from my routine and most of the people who populate my schedule. While I see a lot more of my husband and children, I see a lot less of my friends. With different travel schedules, it is harder to 'run into' people I know. If I don't schedule a date to see someone, it is easy to go for long stretches without some good 'girl' conversation. This has me thinking about friendships and what ties us together.