Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You, too? Thought I was the only one."C.S. Lewis
One of the disadvantages of doing coursework through online tutorials is that you get to know people who live far away and you don't get a chance to meet in person. Through a visit to the beloved tutor's home last summer, our daughter was able to meet several of her classmates and make real friendships. And now we have all had the added bonus of a six-day visit from one of these dear girls. There were the big events: a labor-intensive tea party, a visit to a local tea house, and an autumnal ball complete with other online classmates and decorated with Christmas lights across the back patio, thanks to death-defying placement by a younger brother. They also had quiet moments of reading aloud, practicing piano, translating this language and that, and picking lavender. I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the quiet sound of girls' voices making their way to my room. It was like having another dear daughter.
Some pictures from our fun:
Reading time (The Hawk and the Dove, of course)
The backyard ball
"Don't be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can
meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes,
is certain for those who are friends."
- Richard Bach
God-speed, dear girl.