To My Grandkids, This week was quite the adventure. Last friday, my best bud from back home flew in to get a taste of mountain life! We haven't seen each other in a year, and haven't been able to actually spend time together in over 2.. When we were in school, we would always make travel plans together, talk about places we wanted to visit, and daydream of hitting the road. Years later, we finally got to! As soon as she flew to Montana, we loaded up in the van and hit the road. Lauren had never been anywhere West, so we were booking it to the coast so dip our toes in the ocean. Immediately off the plane, we had a lot of road to cover. We drove through Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and some bonus states to wrap it up. In Oregon, we met up with E on the beach and the two got to meet each other- my people :) Between the beach campfire, the views, the in-van concerts, the make-do showers, frog choir, and running on the beach with our inner child- this week was full of amazing memories and love. Getting to see Lauren was such a blessing. We talked a couple times about how different things are. Our lives have taken completely different paths and yet when we meet up again it feels like no time has passed. We laugh, joke, and reminisce as if we hung out yesterday, leaving no time wasted. She truly is one of my soul sisters, always connected at heart no matter where we are or what we are doing. On a relating topic, TIME spent with people you love is the most valuable time spent. Whether they are old friends that grew apart, recent relationships you haven't kept up with, or family thousands of miles away- the time spent talking, laughing, loving, and sharing memories together is always the most valuable thing you could have, and often the easiest to take for granted. Make that call, send the text, or make the drive to close the distance. Whatever it is, spend time wisely, holding on to every second we can get with our loved ones. It only takes 2 seconds to go better or worse.
One of these days we'll meet and get the time. Love, Your traveling tree lover grandma :)