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I've put off writing about the two weeks that Max and his parents, Philip and Jackie, flew over from England on Sept. 16th and visited us here in Port Townsend, but I should make a record of it before too much time passes.

It was wonderful. It was the fastest two weeks of my life. Everyone got along even better than I expected (a common sense of humor helped), in fact I think my entire family are smitten with Philip and Jackie. My father the liberal artist and Max's father, the ex-British policeman both enjoyed each other's company, but that's mostly because my father isn't a typical artist and Philip isn't a typical policeman (yes, I'm using stereotypes, but most stereotypes exist for a reason). Although I think Jackie and my father got along best, due in part to her being French and my father being a bit of a Francophile. ;)

We went everywhere with them. Spent a day in Seattle, the ocean, the Hoh rainforest, Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic Mountains, Anacortes, wandering through the abandoned bunkers at Fort Worden, the film festival, and to Spokane in Eastern Washington (to meet my Mom's side of the family) via the North Cascades and drove back through the South Cascades. Jackie cooked some incredible seafood dishes for us several nights (seafood is her favorite dish to cook, in Pike Place Market she was like a little girl in a candy shop, jumping up and down). I think sitting around the table with both of our families together with bottles wine and conversing until late at night is what family is all about.

Philip and Jackie are full of stories from Philip's days as a policeman, and their travels of backpacking (rough backpacking, I mean travelling in trucks and sleeping in donkey graveyards rough) through the Middle East and South East Asia. And we have our own stories of living on a small island in the San Juans for five years, living in Belgium, and running a coffeehouse. We've only covered a fraction of the potential conversation so far.

It is the truth when I say that every time I separate from Max it gets harder. Although I think we all cried a little when he and his parents left. The house felt extremely empty and quiet, so my Dad and I had to leave it and take an hour long walk (Gael was at work). But this is all just the beginning, I am looking forward to all the dinners, wine, conversation, hiking, and *life* together that awaits us in the years to come. Max and I both have amazing families and they get along, more than that, they love each other. We are so fortunate, I recognize that. Our situation is rare.

philip and jackie at tyler coffeehouse jackie and jef (dad) at tyler coffeehouse
gael-mom and val-mom at tyler coffeehouse alix and max at tyler coffeehouse
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On October 5th, 2001 01:45 pm (UTC), ginamoog commented:
Wow what a nice story, and true at that:)
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On October 5th, 2001 02:25 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Yeah, Gael and my Dad's parents and Philip and Jackie's parents all hated the other's families when they met. They wouldn't even talk to each other for years (they fortunately get along now, for the most part). Knowing that and seeing the pain and difficulty it has caused our parents just brings home how lucky we are even more.
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On October 5th, 2001 02:18 pm (UTC), keith_london commented:
A loving family is invaluable. It is a foundation for happiness on earth.
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On October 5th, 2001 04:28 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Agreed completely. :)
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On October 5th, 2001 02:35 pm (UTC), gracejustis commented:
It is lucky, and you two deserve to be so.
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On October 5th, 2001 04:28 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you, Tish. :)
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On October 5th, 2001 11:21 pm (UTC), m00t commented:
I need to be committed...


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brick clocks hold time at bay
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wooden widows towering toys

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a coat of yellow mirror mind
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On October 5th, 2001 11:49 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Oh wow, I loved that. That's definitely my favorite poem of yours now, thank you so much for sharing it. :)
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On October 6th, 2001 03:30 am (UTC), atlaz replied:
Yeah, *good* poem matt :)
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On October 16th, 2001 03:47 pm (UTC), gael commented:
finally catching up with your LJ...
I am so happy for you, too. It's great that we all get along so well. Here's to the future! :)
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On October 18th, 2001 08:56 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: finally catching up with your LJ...
Yay to the future! :)
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