The internet is a funny place. While San Francisco was all about reconnecting with old friends, Seattle is about visiting and staying with newer friends made online. On our first 3 days in Seattle, we housesat our friend’s amazing loft with a view in Pioneer Square while they were out of town. We have never met them in person though. Now that we are a family of four, staying with Mark’s mom or sister gets a bit complicated since neither have the space to accommodate us. I am completely amazed by the generosity and trust of each of these 3 families who have invited us into their homes on our Washington leg of our trip (even for a second year) without having initially met us in person first. Luckily, we all get along.
And thank you, internet friends, for your thoughtful comments about Tobi. The girls keep asking whether he is still alive and we keep saying that he is not. Maybe being so far away has made this easier. Maybe not. It’s certainly a distraction, but I am really feeling right now how far away from home we are as we continue to get news after news of things happening back home. Riding out the East Coast hurricane 3000 miles away was stressful. My neighbors and family are fine even if my parents are still without power, but my mom has been in the hospital twice now since we’ve been away and today there is new concern and worry about her health. We come home on Saturday to a mountain of things to be dealt with. I am anxious.
And for those very few people who read blogs and don’t think anything of leaving hurtful, judgmental comments, remember that there is a real person with real feelings on the other side of these words you read. There is just no need.