You know, maybe if he'd actually *sent* a few of those emails he wrote he wouldn't have wound up the way he did.
I mean, I've lost touch with plenty of people over the years, from elementary to high school to college to work, even some I'd probably have liked to keep in touch with. But if I were going to go to the effort of writing out emails, I'd at least hit "send" once in a while. No one to blame but yourself if you don't. Even if you do still lose touch after a while, you still did better than *saying* you're going to and then having a total failure to launch on that promise.
Oh well, he's still young at the end, not like things still couldn't change in the future. As long as he doesn't go and throw himself in front of a train or something.