Last week I got to make a quick trip up to Washington to attend the wedding of my best friend from high school. I have to take advantage of any excuse to go since none of my immediate family live there anymore. I have to say it's always nice to visit and it still feels like home to me. I think I am definitely more of a small town type of person, and there is a tangible difference in the pace of life between Kennewick and southern California. I can tell I've been in California for a while when I feel like everyone else is driving too slow.
Kyle (my cousin) and Missie were nice enough to let me stay at their house. The first words out of Kyle's mouth were, "Sorry, I was in a motorcycle accident last week." He had a big gash on his leg and was limping around and pretty sore, but he's lucky he didn't have any serious injuries. I got to visit with Karena (Thompson) Van Dyke and Anne Thompson, Marilyn Wright, the Hagues, Darren and Lori Moody and their two week old baby, the Gutzmans, Harriett Sutherland, and at the temple Brother Rawlins performed the sealing. Friday night I decided to go to a movie and walked into an almost empty theater. There were a few people in the back row and as I was taking a seat I heard, "Megan?". It was the Gutzmans again, with Skip and Anne and their kids. So I sat by them and we had the theater to ourselves. It was very appropriate since they used to take some of us Baer kids to the movies when we were little.
Anyway, I was so glad I could go and I'm very happy for Talena. I was especially grateful I could be present at the sealing. Talena and her family have been through a lot in the past decade or so, and things felt right as I watched her that day.