Going To California

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.

Navajo man, blond woman, husband and wife

Aren’t they just the most gorgeous couple you’ve ever seen? That little bit of black hair by Linda’s right shoulder along with the pasty white knuckles by her elbow would be me trying to squeeze in on their awesomeness.

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.

blond woman, brunette, mother and daughter, two women

My cheeks hurt from wearing that big goofy grin all week long. When we weren’t grinning like mad, we were giggling hysterically.

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.

mother and son, pier 39, fisherman's wharf, san fransisco, california

When we got on the carousel at Fisherman’s Wharf, Max completely panicked because he thought we “lost” Linda. He was SO relieved when I pointed to her and told him she was just over there taking our picture.

Alex and Max were just the best of friends, especially after Alex taught him to play chess.

man and boy, chessboard

Max lost the first game – thanks to his mother’s incompetence – but managed to win the second game after banning me from the room.

 And even language barriers didn’t seem to stop them from enjoying each other’s company.

naval base, alameda, california

Alex and Max, walking Harry and Zoe (ZoZo) on Coast Guard Island. I think this is one of my favourite pictures.

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.


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