A True Gem
Tonight, we went to a small neighborhood gathering that had a multitude of generations present…18 months to 89 years. There was also a menagerie of cultures – British, Israeli, Chinese, Indian and of course American.
This was the second annual gathering. Part of the tradition is to share a story based on the topic suggested by the host. Tonight we shared stories about our most memorable travel experiences. Just like last year, I left the party feeling connected, inspired and much the wiser by having engaged with my neighbors in such a meaningful way.
The thing that made the evening that much more rich for me, is that my children chose to listen to the stories (and share their own) versus playing with the younger kids (they were the oldest kids by far). I loved that they were witnessing authentic connection across many generations, cultures, perspectives and experiences. These moments are rare and are even more rare for my kiddos.
I remember being so happy and comfortable with adults as a kid and could sit for hours listening to the web of stories being spun. It came with the job description of a military kid so it helped that I enjoyed it. I know that is what shaped my ability to connect easily with just about anyone. I feel so happy to have seen a glimpse of that experience for my kids tonight. I also look forward to more of the same in our family’s future.
Here’s to connecting, sharing, witnessing and learning. Throw in amazing stories from an 89-year-old British man who lived in England during both World Wars and you’ve got yourself a gem of an evening.