Yesterday I had lunch with an old friend. Maybe friend is too deep a word to describe our limited relationship, but we certainly are of like-mind on many things in life. So we met at a wonderful little natural food cafe and discussed our lives in some depth.
What struck me most about this was how fortunate I felt. This lovely lady has been abandoned by her entire family and treated poorly. It is clear that their recent attempts to contact her - after decades of neglect - were just to find out if she is still alive (she's a bit older than I) and maybe ingratiate themselves into her will. I was horrified.
By contrast, I scrimped and saved to attend a recent conference and gave my credit card a workout paying for the airfare and hotel. When I returned home, I found out that my daughter had picked up my hotel tab! I have little to leave my family but they are active and supportive in my life.
I enjoyed my lunch with my old friend and hope we can get together more often. Life is just too short for pettiness and acrimony.