Because The Girl was such a champion traveler on the trip out, I had an especially heightened sense of joy and relief at joining a bunch of friends in a familiar place for a few days of hanging out, talking, eating, reminiscing, dreaming, celebrating, and sharing burdens together. The first day was rainy, but the sun shone its bright face to cheer us on the subsequent days.
I was a little distracted with Ella this year, and just more weary in general, so my experience was more concentrated: I skated on most of the organized conversations in favor of meals and evening hang time. Which was, in the end, really great. It was wonderful to catch up with so many friends and to make a couple of new ones, and to remember how scattered and connected, how disparate and agreeable, how supportive and challenging we are in this extended family.