Home Again

Home again! Back from my weekend visit to the Netherlands and my dear friends J & J. I have seen windmills (from the bus/train, that still counts!). I have eaten unholy amounts of stroopwafels. I have been to Efteling and conquered my fear of rollercoasters. I have made friends with a funny cat named Bob, a cute kitten named Missy, and a sweet little dog named… Putzi? I think that’s how it’s spelled, yes.

 

I can also proudly say I have experienced Dutch summer weather with pressing heat and lots of rain. And! I was going to experience a Sex Museum, but… I got sick. So I ended up spending the last day in bed, coughing and sniveling. Ouff. Oh well, the Sex museum will have to wait until next time.

 

So, I am back!

 

Friends

Everyone should have at least one friend,

and actual friend,

who will shake their head and say “No!”

“No, I don’t agree with that.”

“No, I don’t believe that.”

“No, you’re wrong, because — ”

Everyone should have a friend whose opinions and beliefs

differ from your own.

Even in matters that will shock you,

that will make you want to shout and snarl,

yes even the matters you are absolutely certain of.

Be grateful of those that challenge your views,

for through honest discussion will you understand

as much about yourself as about the other.

Be grateful of those that respect you enough to be honest,

even when you disagree.

Be grateful of those that can speak, and argue, and disagree,

and still remain a friend.