I was alone for a 10 day journey with my 3 and 5 year old, which put most days on a “64 Chevy Level”, compared to calmer ones at home.
It was wonderful to see my mom as I don’t get the chance to visit her nearly enough with the vast distance from Sweden. In addition, the bond that emerged between my kids and their grandmother was heart-warming. My son Lennart said more than once, “Why can’t we stay in America?”
One of the interesting parts of the trip was spending time with old friends. I wasn’t surprised at the great conversations we shared although I was surprised that I have missed that type of stimulation.
I generally don’t miss things and stay focused on the here and now although some of our talks put me in a place I haven’t been to in quite a while. The kind of dialogue where time becomes irrelevant, laughter is abundant and you are not thinking about anything else but the present moment.
That back and forth energy and flow is conversation I love! It was like a beautiful symphony at times.
The only time I wasn’t fully engaged was when my mind would drift to wondering when the night would end. If it wasn’t for having to be up early with my children, I might have stayed to the morning hours on a few occasions.
I am grateful for such good friendships. It’s clear that despite long absences from each other, our bond is still as strong as ever.
This man said it best:
"Wherever you are, it is your friends who make your world"
Happy Gswede Sunday!
My son and I with man's best friend a few years ago. Not our dog but one day we will have one.