There are miles between us,
And the first hour of reunion can augment that distance —
Polite questions, “oh I saw you did that on Instagram!,” and “What are you watching on TV?”, and “isn’t the weather awful?”
And sometimes a long pause during which I do not know where to settle my eyes.
But then there is a click, always,
A leaning in, voices hushed or faces drawn,
And the exchange of an intimate story seems to flatten and cinch the mountains and privacies between us.
I have come to dread the peaks during that first sixty minutes, but equally trust that they are just a gate, a wire frame to walk through, a window dressing of irrelevant questions,
Before I find the laughs come easy and the stories run as long as they do deep, pooling in your arms, and then returning to me in your own words.
+I have been thinking a lot about female friendship since writing this post. I was so overwhelmed by the flood of private messages and emails on this subject — so many of us have felt alone in the dissolutions and evolutions of our female friendships!
+This jumpsuit is under $30 and SO fun.
+I have gotten a lot of wear out of this pretty navy patterned dress this summer — it’s currently on sale for under $50.
+Love a patterned tunic with white jeans.
+These pull-on linen pants are SO chic and come in great colors. Do I need them in both ice blue and black?!
+Keep hearing good things about this book. I just finished reading The Paris Apartment (I was so-so on it…kind of fun but not in the upper echelons of ‘good thriller books’ for me) and listening to These Precious Days and am now reading The Witch’s Heart and listening to Dave Grohl’s memoir. What about you?
+Children’s books we’re loving.
+This pillow-top hammock in the navy and white stripe is SO good!
+I mentioned recently how much I love the items I’ve purchased from Alice Walk — such great mix-and-match basics, so well-designed! I’d love to add one of these sweaters and one of these sweatshirts to my closet.
+Love this new pattern on one of my all-time favorite dresses (I own in a blue stripe).
+A GREAT white eyelet top.
+Bought myself some of these to organize the children’s closets a bit better. I finally sorted all their toys, art materials, etc, and now need to tackle the closet situation — specifically all of their outgrown clothes. I’m long overdue for a big sort, donate, sell, etc.
+LOVE these party crackers. Sometimes the concept for a birthday party / gathering stems from ONE item, like these crackers, and then I track down things to match.
+Charlotte York vibes.