A very good friend of mine is leaving today for Africa with her brother and sister-in-law. She was really anxious last week about them making all of their connections in time (not many flights from France to Kinshasa, so they need to be on time). She was less anxious over the weekend, but I think that’s because it’s transferred to me.

There’s the old saying that absence makes the heart grow fonder. I don’t know if that’s true. Absence, at least in this case, I think makes you realize how much someone has meant to you for a lot longer than just the time since they’ve left. My friend has become an important part of my life and while she will only be gone for three weeks or so, there will be a great deal missing from my world while she is gone.