|Robin, Sean and me--long ago|
This week I was able to take my friend Robin, whom I’ve known since I was 2.5 years old out to lunch for her birthday for the first time in like 14 years. It was so fun (and so over due) to dish over heaping plates of Thai food (which I gobbled up every bite!) face-to-face, not over email or even on the phone.
But recently one of my dearest, Aaron opened in a new show on Broadway and while Liam and I were glued to the TV during their Today Show performance, it wasn’t like hugging him at the stage door. I know we will see the show (of course now it has been nominated for a million Tony Awards, so we may not be able to get tickets…) but not being there felt like, well, not being there, you know?
Then today I went for a marathon walk with my Michelle, one of my closest friends since we played Alice and the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland, when I was in the 8th grade (see where Liam gets it!) And it was awesome, sure we both had a limited time, but being able to take a walk with my friend was something I used to crave in the city and it was happening today in real time. After that walk, I felt more grounded, more like me.
But I also found out today that one of my closest NYC friends had a baby—I am over the moon excited for her, but so sad that I won’t be able to visit that little boy and his mama in the hospital. I am going to have to wait until I get myself back to NYC to snuggle him and love on my girl Kimmie.
It’s hard to feel the pull of two different places, to feel your heart tugged across state lines. But I also know that I am so so lucky to have such incredible people in my life. And while I wish they didn’t live all over the country (that’s right, I am looking at you NJ, CA and NC too!) I guess that just means that we have some traveling to do… Oh, and our new house has a guest room!