Tuesday, October 29, 2013

When Friends Come to Visit

I’ve been incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to host two of my closest friends in the short span of six weeks, first Lisa, and this past weekend, Alli flew in from NYC for a long weekend.

There’s something so wonderful about spending time with friends you don’t have the opportunity to see often which lends itself to soul baring, late night conversations and basically, just plain awesome amounts of fun. The weekend was filled with great talks, plenty of catching up, some good natured ribbing about regional dialects, delicious meals, and some local sightseeing.

From the top.

We spent some time in Pittsburgh wandering through the Strip District. And learned that when in doubt, always, always ride the incline. We were greeted with a stunning view of the Golden Triangle, magnificent rivers, and were even able to witness a marriage proposal. I was able to show her some of my favorite places in my small valley. She learned some new regional phrases and I learned about kugel. (If you’ve never had it, it’s delicious and I’ll be making it for future family dinners.) She taught me how many innings there are in baseball and now has my mother paying attention to the World Series. My dogs absolutely loved her and showed their love by constantly demanding to be petted. The three days went by too quickly and I was sad to drop her off at the airport.

The view of city is just stunning.

Sometimes there aren’t words to describe how important and vital some friendships are to you. Those friends who have the ability to calm your soul just by hearing their voice, the friends who show up without question over and over again with no questions asked, those friends who just fit so seamlessly into your life you can’t remember them not ever exiting in your story. Those friends that are so meaningful and necessary to your existence, you would be lost without them. You know about those friendships, right?  Those friendships that hold so much meaning no words do them the justice or significance they deserve?

Weekends like this past one, remind how important those friendships are and how lucky I am to be blessed with such friends.