WHEN was the last time you opted for a conversation face-to-face over a phone call or an e-mail? Admittedly, keeping in touch with friends through text messaging and e-mail is more convenient. You don't need to set a date to converse. In between meetings, in between chores, you and a friend can talk about current events. All it takes is punching in letters, numbers, and the "Call" or "Send" button. Nothing compares to having that conversation for real, though, catching those words as you see them pour out of your friend's mouth. Nothing compares to seeing your friend's eyes glisten as she talks about her wedding, or going for high fives in between talks with your buddy. Then there are the hugs and kisses, the handshakes and gestures. So much emotion can be conveyed without the use of words. With face-to-face time, there's also the fact that you both made time to meet. It shows how you value each other's presence even more. Even with all the rushing and the work, sharing a cup of coffee with a friend, a much-needed reconnecting with your loved ones, even yourself. Think about it -- how do we really know how someone is if we don't see them? Words can say a lot and can mean anything. While words can express thoughts, they can also be used to mask emotions. Seeing someone right before your eyes can help do without those word masks. See for yourself, and believe. True, we can't be face-to-face with our loved ones all the time. But do make the effort and see the difference. Much can be said without words, and only being with your friend in the flesh can help you understand that.