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For the Precious Few

"Understand that friends come and go, but for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography, in lifestyle, because the older you get the more you need the people you knew when you were young." — Baz Luhrmann

During the pandemic, an intimate group of my oldest friends from college and I further deepened our friendship, offering support and sanity through those crazy days via phone, text, and even a Kentucky Derby party on Zoom, complete with fancy hats. We met at the University of Pittsburgh over half a lifetime ago, and they remain some of the most informed, intelligent, concientious, funny, curious, and kind people in my life. Their partners and children have increased the joy in our circle. I treasure these people beyond measure; they help me navigate life with love and levity. After years of being kept apart, this weekend we reunited near Washington D.C. and shared days filled with long conversations, swimming pool races, Turkish breakfast and snack plates, homemade blueberry scones and banana bread, handmade craft gifts, and basement karaoke - all ending with a wonderful wine pairing lunch at Echelon Wine Bar in Leesburg, VA.

We often got sentimental during our weekend, feeling grateful to still be in each other's lives. One of my friends told me the quote above as she was saying goodbye. (Definitely check out Baz's whole piece where this is from.) These friends are some of my precious few, and I love them profoundly.

To celebrate our group's 30 year friend-iverssary, we're planning a small group trip together next year. Do you keep your friend-iversaries in mind? The future isn't promised to any of us, and I encourage you to not put off celebrating with your loved ones and creating new memories to weave with the old. "Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography," or... make it easy and let me help organize everything!



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Founder & President


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