For the last ten days, I’ve been travelling. My husband and celebrated our tenth anniversary by taking a trip to San Diego. We started our honeymoon there and both thought it deserved another look. Much of the week was spent saying “remember when”, and it was loads of fun to go and see things we saw a decade ago. We stayed at the 1906 Lodge in Coronado, a lovely place. Coronado appeals to us because it is so casual yet it has some great food and a wonderful beach. We walked and walked while we were there–something that has been complicated in Ottawa because of all the ice on the ground. In five days, we logged just over 46 miles, according to my pedometer.
There is much I want to write about, but today I need to pay bills and do laundry and think about grocery lists. Basically, I need to catch up to the rest of my life.
Still, I want to post about one very special moment on our trip. I have the great privilege to be involved with a community of young women over at the In Real Life blog. There are few things that bring me greater joy and humility than when one of these brilliant ladies wants to chat or has a question or asks me to pray for them. There isn’t a day when I don’t think of them, but their emails and comments are special. While they love to have fun and be silly, they also have profound insights and they are courageous. I am so often thankful for what they have to say. If you are, or know of a young woman between the ages of 14-20, encourage them to check out that community.
A few months ago, my friend Jyllenna guest-posted for me and as we were talking about her piece, she added a note: “if you’re ever in Edmonton, I’d love to meet you. Just sayin'”. Of course I wrote back immediately because I am there once or twice a year to see my family. I’d already met Alisha on a previous visit and found her to be a delightful companion.
We scoped out a coffee shop and agreed to meet. I enjoyed our visit so much and it most definitely was the warmest part of my day. Jyllenna is bright and articulate, and has much to say about the goings on in the world. She has dreams and hopes and ways to change it all for the better. We laughed and talked over our latte and steamer, and I felt as though I’d known her for much longer. I continue to be humbled by these young women and (I think) keep younger myself by spending time with them. I learn so much.
Life doesn’t get better than that.