I am writing in response to the story, “Fireside Chats” (JuneJuly 2018). This article by Marilyn Martell filled me with nostalgia. Growing up is great, but modern society has lost touch with the real depth of relationships. Facebook and Twitter may have brought the world closer, but the sense of belonging has faded into oblivion. My sister and I were so close as kids that when someone asked me who she was, I replied, “my friend.“We were buddies in every type of mischief. But time brings with it responsibilities that confine us, and slowly we move away from one another. This story brought a beautiful idea to life, that distances may separate us but our memories bind us. Creating an annual ritual of getting together and reminiscing about our past strengthens our bond. It provides a warm, fuzzy feeling like that of a shared cup of cocoa on a cold evening. The writer inspired me to start such a tradition with my own siblings.