Saturday, June 25, 2011

Staying with friends

When I was growing up, my best friend was a kooky, caring gal named Mary.  Our younger sisters were good friends, too.  We did so much together back then, that it's hard to believe Mary and I now live half-a-country away from each other, and we hardly ever see each other.

But this past Thursday and Friday, Mary came into town with her sister and her two kids.  Wow, was it fun catching up!  Seeing her in person --- the way she carries herself, the way she laughs, her gentleness with all around her --- was so much better than letters or phone calls.  My kids got to play with her kids, adding more threads to the web that connects our families.  And it was great to be able to introduce her to the town that has become my home, so different from the suburbs and city where we grew up.

Traveling can be expensive; staying with friends and family instead of in hotels can make it less so.  But staying with friends, in a more important sense, can make your life richer.

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