“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.”
– Anais Nin
“It is a sweet thing, friendship, a dear balm,
A happy and auspicious bird of calm…”
It’s been almost one year since we first moved to Wisconsin, first said goodbye to old friends and everything we knew about life up until then. It was really, really hard to leave such amazing friends behind, wondering if we’d ever find anyone else that we connected with that well. We had it made back in New England – the perfect couple friends – already well marinated by the test of time. It’s not an easy thing to find – even poor MM had to leave behind some fabulous little friends and I know it hasn’t been easy on him – I think we’ve both spent the better part of the last year feeling sort of … starved for friendship and a real connection to someone here.
But one year later and we are finally starting to put some roots down here and find some families that we really enjoy spending time with. This afternoon I met a friend at a playground and seeing our boys all playing together – really playing together and not just near each other – it really touched my heart and it felt like … exhaling, you know? Like maybe this can all be real now and I might actually make it here.
It doesn’t hurt that the weather was beautiful, the playground was fantastic and the kids were both terrifically well behaved. But seriously – we had a fantastic time and my friend and her kids are so sweet and I feel blessed to have found them here. I hope that years down the road I can count them on my list of old friends, too.