Thursday, January 2, 2014
New Year's Day ... what a wonderful start to the year. My husband and I made the leisurely hour's drive to Squamish to view the multitude of eagles wintering there. To be in the presence of these majestic beings is always awe-inspiring. During our riverside walk, we witnessed dozens of eagles soaring, preening, squawking, and feasting. Upon our return to the car, I took a chance and made an impromptu call to an old friend. It had been over a decade since we had last spoken, having lost touch after his divorce and subsequent move to another province. I had heard that he was remarried and now living here. Well, he generously invited us over and ten minutes later, we were in his home. Our relationship quickly picked up where it had left off all those years ago. His wife was very welcoming and easy to talk to. After a short time, I realized that she and I have many shared interests, including some of the same obscure book titles on our shelves. During the course of the afternoon, our friend revealed that his wife had also lost a son due to accidental death. He too, twenty-five years old. Uncanny that this woman and I also share the experience of dealing with this particular life-changing event. So glad I made the call. So glad they were home. So glad to have renewed one friendship and opened the door to the beginning of another.