When I think of all I have to be grateful for in this life of mine, family and friends top the list. Profound experiences shared strengthen those bonds. I'd promised myself that there were certain people I had to see before I left for Cadrieu in the spring...Kate, Chloe and Clare were that first stop.
There are so many stories and memories to share with Kate and her sweet family that made us stronger in our friendship, but I realized that this was a tour of "moving on" for all of us. In that moving on, we are stronger.
I couldn't have asked for a more perfect visit. I was able to enjoy: Kate the girls, and the 4-legged children; Kate's folks and their 4-legged children; and, the rest of the extended family. But, the best part was the time that Kate had set aside for just the two of us to catch up over morning coffee and biscotti and to show me around to all the Sewanee sights.
As I get older, I've come to realize the importance of quality one on one time that you really have to grab while you can...with everyone.
We walked the dogs and enjoyed fall.
I discovered some old friends from my life on Columbus Street before the storm.
I fell in love with:
Zane of the wanderlust;
playful, puppy Pomeroy; and,
sweet, sage Bea!
It was important to me to lay eyes on Kate again.
It was important to me to see her and her sweet family in their new life away from what we shared in New Orleans.
It was important to me to see the home she had designed and built on the lake across from her parents home.
I loved seeing it in the "flesh", since she'd shown me her 3-D architectural plans before she and the girls moved to Sewanee.
Within, there lies a peace, beauty and support that we all search for in our own way. None of us finds it on quite the same path.
I'm grateful I found Kate on mine!