This month I am losing two more friends as they migrate west. Why anyone would choose to live in the desert is beyond this eastern girl's imaginings, but I try not to judge.
So, yesterday I said good-bye to my dear friend, Cynthia and her family. I will miss quiet nights of Settlers of Catan with bowls of candy and plates of "crackies" with Bradford and Cynthia. I'll miss Bradford's competitive spirit at big game nights. I'll miss their sweet Baby William, who was a pleasure all those days I got to babysit him. Oh, how his face would light up when I'd open my front door to greet him! And what a snuggler! I'll miss being able to hold tiny Maren while threatening her parents that I'll just steal her away, thus fulfilling my dream of mothering a little girl named Maren. But mostly, I will miss my thoughtful, beautiful friend, Cynthia, who is the epitome of refined grace.
Oh dear, let's not have this start sounding like an obituary. I know they didn't die; they just moved to Utah. Before they loaded up the truck and took off we had a little girls' night out at Cafe Maggie's (you might know it by its lesser-known-name of Mimi's Cafe). It was a great night full of huge desserts and lots of laughs. We'll all miss you, Cynth!