Old friends are like comfy blankets. You feel a kind of familiarity that often words can't quite describe. Good old friends come with its own area of comfy zone.
An old (and dear) friend came for a visit with her family. This is friendship spanning time (over 30 years!) and space. It's been years since her last visit to my place. I don't know when we will be able to visit them, as the Pacific Ocean sits between her place and mine. Perhaps a few more years down the road when the kids are all grown up or when we get really bitten by the traveling bug.....
Didn't take many pics cos I was too busy catching up.... now I wished I had taken more. They'll be something for the kids and I to look at as a fond memory in years to come.
Son and Eugene played chess. The little guy is good! They had one under their belts each!
I took the day off from school, allowed my girl to do the same. As time was short we squeezed in what we could without making it too hectic. Quick stops for local goodies, a stop at the Paddy Museum. For the boys, this trip was like a field trip!
This was at one of the picture exhibits upstairs and this time I actually took the trouble to read a few... Spot the mistakes!!! Aiyo! These people should just get someone proofread it. So malu-fying... LOL!
The kids had a blast playing at home too. Watching them play, I learn this. You know how we adults often plan our hols.... there are certain places we must visit, certain schedule we must follow, etc, etc. What do kids do during hols when they get together? Play together!.... For them a good holiday is when they get to play with other kids. Earliest lesson or perhaps instinct on how we are drawn to relationships, and how people add flavors to our lives. Sometimes, along the way, we forget that. We insulate ourselves without realizing it.
What makes a holiday fun and meaningful is not just the beaches you go or tourist spots you visit. It's the people you spend time with that makes it more fun. When you finally do have time to recall a trip made, it's the people related antics that bring a smile or warmth into your heart. I guess this is one of the things in life that makes life more meaningful; the sharing of lives with others. Our spouses, children, family, friends.... they are the ones that make this trip which I often refer to as life's journey, more meaningful.
Technology has enabled us to pick up where we left off and continue. It has even enabled us to see each other face to face ever so often. But nothing beats time spent together, no matter how short, to remind us this blessing that we have. And for this opportunity, for the effort that Old Friend and family made, it's a blessing!