Last night, I went out to ride my bike and I ran into a lovely friend on the bicycle path along the Hudson. We rode together and then sat and watched the sunset. We talked and laughed and went back to riding - it turned out to be a lovely night. It was kind of a date, but not. It was what a date should be - comfortable, relaxed, easy conversation. It was fun! He's a nice guy, recently separated, dealing with some sadness but clear that the relationship had to end.
Then this morning, on my way to Unity, walking up Broadway, I ran into my friend Judy who is visiting from Berkeley. We went to high school together and re-connected on Facebook. I mentioned I was going to Unity and invited her to come along and she said yes. We had a lovely time together.
And then after Judy and I said goodbye...I was walking down Broadway and I ran into another friend, Amy, who works for the Visiting Nurse Service of NY. When my mother got sick, she was one of the first calls I made and she set up my mother's care. Her father died early this month and we talked about that. I suggested she go to Friends In Deed - not just for her own loss, but also as a good resource for the VNS clients.
It's amazing how often I run into people in this small city of over 8 million people! I love living here - even in the heat, even in the cold, even on days that I really can't take the noise and the crowds, I still cannot think of a better place to live. I can think of places I love to visit and vacation in, but for living, it's NYC that's my home.