I spent my day with Ruth's two boys...Ruth happens to be Beniy's sister, our choir director and my friend....
I spent my day making pirate ships out of tape, glue, sticks, and old cassette jackets and getting beat by an eight-year-old in two games of chess (and I didn't let him win, either). Her boys are spunky, interesting, full of music, creativity, laughter, and life.
Although I see them at church and other various events, it was so nice to get to know them more intimately. I love experiencing people in their day-to-day lives.
Unfortunately, our society is so individualistic and separate that such an occasion is rare.
Maybe it is just that I am at home alone with Basil most days, but I really crave connectedness and more authentic encounters with others throughout the day. You can only get so far in a relationship with the check out worker at Trader Joe's or the old men in the park.
Maybe it is me. Maybe I should more actively seek...maybe I need to make it happen. Probably.