So Saturday I was lunching at Kristin Chenoweth's and my fast food choice. A few tables away there was a family sort of group, which included a couple of little girls, ten or twelve ish- I'm awful at guessing ages. All was quiet and peaceful, when there came a little buzz of excitement. I looked up just as a young woman came in, like twenty or twenty five- and SQUEEEE!
The little girls were all over her! Hugging, "WELCOME BACK!!! WE MIIIIISSED YOU!!!!"
I never saw such a welcome outside of returns from deployment- and plenty of them are less enthusiastic than this one was. Whatever their histories, these were some serious pals.
So they sat down and had a catch up conversation, which quickly settled to the best sort of talk between friends- easy, like they had just been apart for a couple of days. (I wasn't listening on purpose, they were close by.)
I don't know where the absent one had been, or what she was to the younger ones, but I really liked the little slice of human joy and connection they showed everyone nearby.
Thank you, random strangers, for a little reminder of one of the best things about being human!