We had a very dear friend in town this weekend visiting from Alaska with her hubby and their two girls. It had been over ten years since since we last saw her, and it was amazing to meet her family and introduce the kids to each other. Everyone got on like a house on fire, and it was as if the past decade and all that distance just disappeared. The girls instantly took to them, which believe me does not happen with everyone.
We met them at St. Paul’s on Friday and had the most fabulous day in the sunshine. As the Red Hot Chilli Peppers rightly said, there is no place like London in the Summertime. First stop was Madison at the top of One New Change for a drink and look over the City. They said were thrilled because they’d have never have just happened upon it, and it felt like they got to do something locals do. I would highly recommend checking it out if you get the chance, it’s like being in the opening scene of Mary Poppins and feels like you could touch the cathedral.
Afterwards we had a picnic lunch then took a scenic stroll to the Tower of London, and spent over three hours there. The tower is absolutely fascinating! I can’t believe I’ve been lived here all my life (almost thirty five years) and haven’t been before. We had dinner at Gourmet Burger Kitchen, one of the only places that is completely GAPS friendly as they have a naked option, which means bun-less burger with lots of salad instead. We tried to be time concious but missed the train by one minute (ouch!) and didn’t get home until gone nine, which is an exceptionally late night for my girls. They did so well though, and we all collapsed into bed as soon as we got through the door!
Saturday they came over to our house and we all hung out. The kids played, fought, ate and got rather grumpy so we packed them all up into the buggies and headed to the park for a stroll. It was just what we all needed, and made for a great end to a lovely two days. As we walked along with our babies being carried in the exact same slings and toddlers being pushed in the exact same buggies (uncanny?!) it occurred to me how alike we all are.
We are basically living the same kind of lives just on the opposite side of the world. Finding friends that you are on the exact same page as when it comes to parenting is nigh on impossible, and it seems rather unfair that they live all the way in Alaska. I got unexpectedly emotional when they left, the realisation that it may be another decade before we meet again was over whelming. It was lovely to have them here though, even if it was just for a short while.