Losing touch, finding intimacy

One of my oldest friends is here to visit. For as long as we've known each other, we've been in sync, weaving in and out of each other's lives and reaching milestones together.

We married our partners at around the same time, went through law school and medical school at the same time, got pregnant with our sons in unison and lived as neighbours for years. Although we have visited each other frequently, time has slowly got away from us. I haven't seen her in more than a year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 23, 2018, with the headline 'Losing touch, finding intimacy'. Print Edition | Subscribe