Life happens and suddenly you find yourself out of the house and wondering what to do for the holidays.
Out of high school I joined the military. I was stationed in the middle of the US, while my parents lived on the East Coast and my sister lived further west of me. So what does a lone person do? I tried flying home the first year. That was okay, but it wasn’t that great to lose two days to travel time. I traveled to my sister’s place the second year, but that also taken up with travel time.
The third year… well I had moved again. This time I was stationed overseas in Germany. This year was different. I was only going to the states when I had ample leave time, because really, who wants to fly for 8 hours when you only have four days? Okay, some people will do it, but it isn’t my preference.
So what happened? Incredible friends happened. I was blessed with some amazing friends in Germany. On in particular, had her own place and the gift of hospitality. Friend C (I’m calling her that for this story) set up an amazing weekend. She had a spare room, and let me stay with her so I wasn’t at the single barracks over the four day weekend. It was four days of wonderful food, movies, plenty of people, and party games – including an indoor round of Twister.
I was blessed in many ways by my friends in Germany, who were my family when I could not be stateside. I am very thankful how technology has allowed us to stay in contact over the years. Hooray for the internet!