We were invited to awesome post advisor's house to have dinner with his awesome wife and awesome daughter. Yes, a house full of awesomeness! I wanted to talk to his wife, L, about Catholicism, and H always loves hanging out with advisor to discuss music. And that's what we did for five hours. What was so amazing is that it just didn't feel like five hours. The kids had a wonderful time and didn't whine to go home. We had a great time just hanging out.
What I loved was how we moved from conversation to conversation so smoothly. Sometimes it was all of us discussing things, and then at other times it was just two of us. It was never weird or awkward. I felt a little sad when we left because we are leaving. I wanted to bottle up the feelings of well-being and community that I felt during this visit. What a great thing that would be to open when one was feeling lonely.
Lately, I've been coming to terms with my new homebody nature. I realized that I really do like just being at home. I'm kind of excited that I'll have a semester home with no work. But there are a few people here that being with doesn't feel like leaving home. I don't find myself anxious to get home, or hung up on silences. Instead, I feel a warm comfort that I suspect comes from true community.