Day 24 of 29 Gifts in 29 Days – September 22 “The afternoon call”

Will has been staying with us as he looks for an apartment, which he has indeed found – near his job at Merrimack College in Andover, MA.  Throughout the summer we’ve played golf twice weekly before he heads off to work.  In the time he’s been staying with us, he’s the one cutting the lawn, siding and roofing our shed, and been the “go to” guy when something heavy needs to be lifted (e.g., just the other day he brought in the winter storm doors from said shed.).

Molly lives in Virginia and has been here the last week with her son Owen.  With a two month old baby, Molly’s comings and goings revolve around Owen’s schedule.  Walks, evening wine and conversation, and also some golf highlight our days with Molly.

So today I think of our daughter Robyn.  Living on her own in Syracuse, NY, Robyn is a successful craftswoman (candles, mittens, hats) at local fairs and online, as well as a caregiver.  We’ll get to see her at a wedding next month, but it’s mostly holidays and family gatherings when we get together. Today my gift is an afternoon call hoping to catch her in, which I do.  I put her on speaker phone and Hannah and I get to check in and see how she’s doing.  Upbeat and dear, Robyn is a friend everyone would like to have.  She is positive and hopeful.  Being all that is a gift she gives herself and us.

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