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People often look at moving as casting aside their old friends and having to make new ones.  That’s the wrong attitude.  You are just adding to your “friend base” by moving.  There is no reason that you have to put friends in a “box” since you moved.

In the modern world, most friendships are conducted with other than face-to-face meetings.  You keep in touch via email and cell phone.  You send text messages.  There is no reason that geographic proximity should interfere with true friendships. 

Of course, people do start to lose touch over time.  That’s why it’s important to take the time to keep those old friendships alive.  You’ve probably heard the saying “make new friends and keep the old, one is silver and one is gold”.  So put out a little effort, as the person who moved, and call or email your family friends.  At a minimum, send annual Christmas card or letter, and keep the lines of communication open. 


Also, be very proactive with those who might come to visit.  Offer them to stay in your house (space permitting) and when they do come to town, treat them like royalty.  The word will spread and more ex-neighbors will make pilgrimage. 

Another neat idea is to send old-fashioned post-cards showing scenes from your new area.  These attractions might make someone come to visit, and will at least be a memorable reminder that you moved.


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