Elizabeth have a lot in common, almost shockingly so. She’s a reader and a writer and also lost a parent at a young age. She wants to be a long-distance backpacker someday. Somehow we seem to see the world the same way. I don't really believe in soul mates romantically, but I do believe in souls that align platonically.
It had been a while since we'd caught up. Elizabeth's middle school basketball season just ended and she’s playing a lead role in a school musical. She’s reading The Secret Life of Bees and trying to figure out how to get her first book — a children’s story called "The Very Magical Christmas" — published. I told her about my move to NYC and my current work and the book I just finished, The Basque History of the World. We talked for a solid 45 minutes, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Recently, I was telling another friend about Elizabeth, and they suggested that she and I write letters to each other to open in 10 years. I floated the idea to Elizabeth, and of course she loved it, so we set out to figure out how that would work logistically.
So I googled "how to set a reminder 10 years from now".
This is what the Internet gave me:
A lot of these ideas made me laugh. In the end, I signed up for the FutureMe email service and will probably paperclip a reminder into my passport as well. Elizabeth and I agreed to write our letters this weekend, to send them ASAP, and to open them 02/28/2028. I am very happy with the near-symmetry of that date.
I'm not sure yet what I'll write about. Probably about why I'm glad we're friends, and what I like about her. Things I expect — or hope — will be the same 10 years from now.