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Put me in a social setting and I'm good to go. I enjoy getting to know people. I like to hear about their life experiences and feel there's so much to learn from each other. Yesterday I found myself thinking about one of those connections when I saw a house for sale.
My husband and I lived in a GREAT home when we were first married. It was just a cozy, gumwood trimmed home with tons of character, brightness, and memories. Just this week we noticed it was for sale. Of course this led to some online snooping around the realtor's website so we could see the inside and it brought back such awesome
m e m o r i e s of
bringing home our first puppy
hosting our notorious New Year's eve parties
making my first lasagna
backyard birthday parties
meeting new neighbors
lots of renovation projects
chasing the puppy down a busy section of town
firsts for everything
The memories were flowing, flying, rushing, swarming. Things I had forgotten about even.
Then, I began to think about Valerie and Walt. They were the owners who sold us that home. They had only moved around the corner when we began living there. We'd see them in the neighborhood and at mass. We somehow kept in touch over these years and with the help of Facebook, we have continued to maintain and grow a beautiful friendship even though we are now all an hour apart. This friendship carried over to my parents and now my mom and Valerie keep connected so much so, that Valerie sent my mom a beautiful prayer shawl when my mom broke her shoulder in December. My mom found this so comforting in a time of so much pain. To think this chain reaction was set in motion all because we bought our home from them.
Yes, in that home we had all the right ingredients to stir, bake and serve up some warm memories, but we also got something more. A friendship.