We enjoyed the scenery and took many group photos,
But we mainly talked. We couldn't stop talking!
In fact, it was nearly impossible to take a photo of anything other than us talking!
After dinner, on Saturday night, we convened at the homestead for caramel birthday cake and champagne.
We ended the evening with wish papers that I brought from Los Angeles. Evidently, this has never been seen on the east coast, and I was roundly mocked for the whole ceremony being "very LA." But we all made wishes and watched them float up and into the ether.
I am home, now, happy to see my family, but I am filled with warmth and love and happiness and gratitude for friendships that have lasted nearly thirty years, for the women who knew me when I was oh, so young, for the beautiful ways that they live, for the beauty of their faces, for the sound of their laughs and their voices filling my heart.