Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes — The Social Experience
Annnnnnnd, we're back! New York, New York, well, what can I say? It was like we never left. Buildings were tall. People were grumpy. Streets were dirty. But most of all, there were SO MANY people! I felt claustrophobic on the sidewalk, pushed along with the crowd like a fish caught in the rapids. I'd lost a bit of my New York maneuverability. I found myself being tussled about, losing direction, rarely with purpose. But it was good to be back, it felt familiar, like I'd only been gone on a really long vacation. But it was a bit TOO familiar. I didn't feel the excitement like I thought I would, it literally felt like I had just been there the day before. I guess being away for a year wasn't long enough.
But hot damn was it good to see old friends again. Everyone's lives have changed so much in such a short period of time. There are new babies, new marriages, new apartments, new jobs. The group rarely sees one another so it wasn't just a reunion for us, but for most everybody involved. Everyone is so scattered from each other's lives it seemed a struggle for everyone to catch up and to spend any real time with any one particular person. But for the most part, people seemed happy, and as I sat in a sun-drenched restaurant at brunch, surrounded by our friends, I watched everyone laugh and tell stories and pass around babies so Mom could eat, and it felt wonderful. Because I knew in that moment that while time and distance separates us all, that when we do come together it will be effortless and harmonious, a family made not of blood but of shared memories and the threads of laughter.
How did the whitefish salad fare?
It fared well and was very tasty! They even allowed us on the plane with it without a hassle.
Life is like the "window" my darling, we are always waiting to jump, and we always end up on the other side, it usually is all about how we land. That must be why you are so cat-like, you always land on your feet.
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