Now it seems I only have telephone friends or Christmas card friends. These are friends I do not see in person any longer. My last personal friend just moved to Los Angeles. We have now become telephone friends.
Of course, there are Facebook friends who comprise all three -telephone, Christmas card, and acquaintances. But these do not really count in my tally. I do not try to get hundreds of people listed as my friends on Facebook. I guess this is because I have a different definition of what a friend is.
It seems that, as time moves along, friendships are harder to make. Seniors might make friends in clubs or church, but the tendency is to just keep the ones we have had and not replace them if anything happens to end the friendship. I think this limits us and our capacity to bond with people.
I find myself in a situation at this time in my life that is not conducive to making new friends. I hope I can remedy this in the near future; it is lonely, for me, to be without friends to interact with personally. I wonder if this is true for all seniors or just in my case. I do not want to become one of those people who live their lives reading books and watching TV - totally devoid of people.