Happy Friday, everyone! I’m excited about this weekend because it’s the first one all month that we don’t have any plans (other than Jack’s Sunday morning basketball class), which means we can do whatever we want. I’m toying with the idea of dragging Drew and Jackson to the beach early tomorrow morning. Without a car, it’s about an hour and a half commute each way on the train, which is long (especially with a restless toddler), but doable. And if I pack some sandwiches and a million books and trains, that might keep my guys happy. Hmm… we’ll see.
Last weekend, we went to my favorite bar in Red Hook (Brooklyn), which is one of the best neighborhoods in the city as far as I’m concerned, and we listened to blue grass and drank shots of tequila and snuck outside and kissed on empty streets, and it was great. Our friends, Neil and Kirsten, who were visiting from upstate, crashed out our place for the night and when we got home to relieve the sitter, who has been Jackson’s daytime sitter since he was four months old, Neil took one look at her and immediately remembered working with her at a restaurant 18 years ago where she had been a really positive influence on him. He said he’d often wondered over the years what had happened to this woman so many of his co-workers admired and looked up to, and all this time (well, for the last 2 1/2 years anyway), she’s been like a member of our family. Small world, huh?
Anyway, Neil got to tell Mavis what she meant to him all those years ago and she got teary-eyed and it was just such a sweet moment, and it reminded me that you often don’t know what kind of affect you have on the people in your life, and sometimes — often — the universe works in such a way that you’re matched with the right people at the right time, and it may not be clear to you WHY it’s a perfect match and it may not even be necessarily for your benefit, but there’s a lot of method in this crazy madness of our lives. I’m not saying everything happens for a reason, but I do think there’s a lot that does. Related: if you drink enough tequila late at night at a bar on the water with good friends and great music, you might just be convinced of anything.
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