Monday, May 16, 2011


This picture may not seem like much to you

But for the Spear family, it means alot!

You see, maybe 50 years ago (actually, probably more than that), Grant's dad was living in Cleveland.  His family became a host family to students at the local university who came from India.  These students would come over to their house to have dinner, and just be part of a family since they were so far away from their own.  Grant's grandmother was actually a very valuable person to the wives of these students, teaching them basically how to live an American life (cooking, cleaning, etc), since Indian culture is so different than American culture.

Grant's dad has done a wonderful job of keeping in touch with many of these families, as they moved all over the country.  Amazingly enough, one of these families lives only about 15 minutes away from us!  We've gotten together with them a couple of times, but not nearly as much as we should have, although we've run into them at Terranea quite a few times.

A few weeks ago was one of those times.  We went to Terranea one Saturday morning, and we saw Sarita, who is the wife of one of those students so many years ago.  So we stopped and chatted with her for a few minutes, and she found out that we're leaving this summer.  She said we should get together before we go, and then it hit me!  Grant's brother John and his girlfriend were going to be visiting, so we should get together during that time - and that's what we did!

Krishan and Sarita, along with their daughter and her family, graciously welcomed us into their home for breakfast this past Saturday.  We had a wonderful time eating and talking, and the kids had so much fun playing together!  I particularly love this picture...

These kinds of connections are special to me, since we make friends all over the country.  Fifty years from now, I hope that Grant and I, or our kids, or our grandkids, will still have connections with those friends we've made over the years.

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