I have these two cousins, S. & A. They're wonderful, and I love them both very much. One lives in California, and the other in Vermont. I don't see them much.
A. was in Baltimore on Saturday, and I got to see and have lunch with her before she left. I worked out how she could get from Baltimore to me, in Virginia, without too much hassle. I picked her up at the train station in Alexandria. took her to lunch at a place I like, and got her to the airport without hassle.
Since she's not from around here, I sent her a helpful map with some funny annotations showing where I'd pick her up, and how close we really were going to be to the airport.
She laughed, good and hard. Then at lunch we had a really goofy, funny waiter, who made us both laugh. We spent great, quality time together, that made me miss her all that much more.
I'm not thrilled that it's been four years since I saw her. I really want to make plans to see her more. But I'm thrilled that when we were together it was like no time had passed at all.
I'm really grateful she's family to me.