So you can't choose your family. But on the flipside, you can choose your friends. And I'm thankful for the friends that I do have.
First, the Mentat took me in for a couple of days while I got some breathing room. I was mighty thankful for that. Then, since I had cut my vacation short, the weekend plans I made were also shot. I wouldn't be meeting with my other friends as I had planned, or so I thought. I just wanted to make sure I met Sean to I could pay him for the book I asked him to buy for me some months back.
Surprise, surprise, that simple transaction turned into a long dinner with several friends at The Old Spaghetti House along Makati Avenue.
Clair showed up, and Charo and Ealden followed not long after. Conversation touched on writers workshop, the Fully Booked fantasy/sci-fi contest, Madagascar penguins, family vacations gone awry, psychological space requirements, Java, Orange and Bronze, giant stuffed penguins, a potentially controversial critiquing project, employment possibilities, t-shirts, and countless other things that geek friends talk about. I was happy again.
Others would have joined -- Ranulf, Mario, and Marcelle -- but the reunion was unplanned and sudden. Maybe next time, then.
Thanks, guys. It means a lot to me.