Just as everyone does with long-time friends, we talked about our families, caught up on other news, suggested films to each other, mourned friends and co-workers who had passed, and chatted about what we're up to now. What we're up to here is pretty much obvious, and the sadness in our guests' eyes at that realization would have been difficult to miss.
At one point, while our visitors were doing their best to casually bring memories forth so that my husband might better understand who the folks in front of him actually were, one of them said, "You were the best manager I've ever had." That comment, so sincere and unsolicited, brought tears to my eyes.
I appreciate these little reminders now and then. They're something for me to hold on to when my husband isn't exactly the guy I remember from days gone by. Thank you for coming over, dear friends!