Wednesday, May 09, 2012

word{ful} wednesday: a long weekend

Our friends Alan and Liza came up for a long weekend, prior to Alan's big presentation to executives in Connecticut on Monday. We had a great visit! My experience with them cemented a theory that's been bubbling in my mind: we define a sense of self through the people closest to us, possibly because our companions mirror back to us the best parts of our personalities. Thus, when we are away from loved ones for prolonged periods, we begin to lose our grip on who we really are.

I'll never forget hearing what my great-grandfather described as the most difficult part of living nearly a century: losing his loved ones. I thought grief would be his reason for the difficulty, but it wasn't the kind of grief I was expecting. Rather than focusing on the sadness of losing them, he highlighted the loss of his own sense of self.

Phew! Pardon me for veering off course with that unexpectedly morose tangent. I mentioned it to pinpoint the reason I feel so refreshed after being with old friends. Having a weekend full of remembered stories and belly laughs is like one long continuous hug that never ends. It's fabulous. Our visit was doubly great because it was the first time our children played with each other. It is fun to compare their personalities and see which parts of them are like us and like each other.

Even better than all this pontificating are the photos I have from the event. Enjoy!

Molly Party
Intense birthday party love, as personified by Molly.


Vivi & Liza

Fiddlehead
Spring.


Touring Boston

More spring.


Mike's Pastries excitement.

Mike's Pastries

Touring More Boston


p.s. Yes, I experimented with Photobucket's new editing tools again. They are dangerous for my creeping bedtime.

Editor's note: This post is part of Wordful Wednesday and a bunch of Wordless Wednesdays: 5 Minutes for Mom, Jenni from the Blog, Natural Parents Network, and The Paper Mama.

3 comments:

Stacy said...

Looks like you had an amazing visit! :)

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Emily Sefcik said...

I love it. You make so many good points. I find it really hard to maintain my self-confidence and my confidence in my lifestyle/home/health/family decisions when my friends and family are not near by. I know that seems silly but when you're the odd one out in a crowd it's difficult. There is nothing like talking to a good friend on the phone or having a good visit to remind me who I am and what I love and why those things are so important! I'm glad you had a lovely weekend!

Liza said...

I totally agree Justine! Our visit with you guys was wonderful, as always. Thank you for having us! Molly really did have the best time of her life at Vivi's party. I love that you captured her ridiculous excitement and passion for being one of the big kids.

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