In case you missed it on Facebook, my son Max and I spent the last week visiting the very lovely Linda Medrano and her husband Alex, in Alameda, California.
Linda and Alex are two of the most wonderful, charming, generous people I have ever had the good fortune to meet. Within minutes, they made us feel like family. Well, not like my family. Nobody took out their teeth or told me about anybody’s hemorrhoid operation or anything like that.
Over the past 3 years, Linda and I have gotten to know each other through the Internet. We were continually struck by how much we had in common – from our love of shoes to our love lives – we seemed to have lived a parallel existence.
Finally meeting her in “real life”, it was like we’d known each other forever. We shopped, we drank lovely wine, we ate delicious food, we talked, we shared secrets, we were silly, we laughed until we nearly wet ourselves.
And one of the loveliest things of all was watching Max bond with them.
Alex and Max were just the best of friends, especially after Alex taught him to play chess.
And even language barriers didn’t seem to stop them from enjoying each other’s company.
Thank you is such an underwhelming thing to say after the past week. I hope maybe one day, I’ll be able to repay their hospitality.
Max and I miss them both a great deal.