I had a deeply stressful week, but I got to counter that a bit with an excellent Saturday: Coffee, dumplings, chatter, & the beach with this Dorian & this dog, and then a Mostaccioli & Chatter Part-tay with this Dorian & this Marlene.
This Dorian said to me tonight: “I was just saying to Marlene that I love the way we all hang out together — like, that we cook and talk for hours and watch movies — because it feels like Family Time, you know?”
At which point I stopped stirring the tomato sauce to give her a big hug.
I am someone who (like a lot of us) is not especially blessed in the family of origin department. I am, however, extraordinarily blessed to have other kinds of family. I feel very thankful for that tonight.