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Save or Delete

Thursday, April 29, 2021

I wonder if anyone else does this. I have a message in my phone’s voicemail of a loved one who has passed away. It’s not that I ever listen to the recorded message. I suppose I could if I wanted to, but I don’t really want to. And I don't want to delete it. It’s not that I think this keeps me connected to them in some way, because really, our heart connections are eternal, and I don’t need my phone to tap into that.

The same is true of my contact list. There are some in there who are unreachable by phone, text, FaceTime, or email. And if I sent snail mail to their home address, it would be returned to me as undeliverable.

As for my Sparkfriends? I’ve been back to SP for less than 2 months after a 7yr absence. I had a small but precious number of sparkfriends. There was nothing virtual about them to me. After many years of almost daily activity we got to know each other quite well. Only one of my dear old friends has remained active (thanks, Bess). The others have not checked in for over one thousand or two thousand days.

The thought of deleting them is not a viable option. Even sliding them down the line is difficult. I’ve been active now for 50 days and seeing their photos, but not being able to communicate with them, causes a little pang.

So, to them I say - I miss seeing you and knowing what you’re up to. I hope you are well and happy. And if you should ever return to your old stomping grounds, please announce your presence, as it would be a cause for much rejoicing in my little Spark Universe.
[I’m talking to you Livnfitnhappy, Travelnista, HappyNow26, p63503]

I’m reminded of the story of the prodigal son where the father runs out to welcome him home. He was lost and is found... "Let’s have a feast and celebrate!”

Sparkgoodies for everyone ;-)
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    LOL - I am sorry I missed this when you first posted it - but .... I have often brought up my friends collection and thought about deleting the ones who are gone - and then - not done so. And now, Spark will delete them for me.

    7 days ago
  • LINDA7677
    I regret deleting voicemail from my son. He passed in 2019.
    53 days ago
    Feast & celebrate indeed! :-)

    And certainly treasure that "our heart connections are eternal"...I SO believe that as well.

    Save or delete doesn't really matter from that perspective, eh?

    53 days ago
    I've been on Spark for 12 years and I have never deleted a friend.
    I know many haven't logged in for a very long time. I think I keep hoping they will return. After all, I did and so did you. When I came back, I was happy to see some familiar name and reconnect with old friends as well as make new ones.
    There are a few on the list who I know are dead. I don't delete them either. Spark may remove them someday and they will be gone from my list, but I don't want to be the one to hit that delete button.
    53 days ago
    I would delete it, person is gone.
    53 days ago
    emoticon I know the feeling - for a number of reasons I was mostly away for about 5-ish years. Quite a few folks appear to have also disappeared during that time. I miss TRAVELNISTA too!

    I’m grateful for the friends who are still here (and their warm welcome back). And I’m enjoying getting to know some others, whom I hadn’t met, before.
    53 days ago
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