The Power of Friendship

Dear Kids,

Well this past week has been completely out of the ordinary. A giant hurricane has come our way.  Hurricane Sandy is her name and she has wiped out power in much of the New York metro area, including over seventy percent of the homes in Glen Rock.  Without power, we have no heat, no hot water, no lights and other things that we consider essentials like internet and cable.  How did we ever live without them in the past!

During the time that we considered our home uninhabitable without all these modern conveniences, we stayed with our neighbors and friends, the Tufanos.  And my goodness, if I didn't think that they were a pretty amazing family before, after taking us into their home and sharing everything that they had with us for a full week, well, they are just amazing!

Alex, I know you are kind of like me and are often astonished by friendship and how easy it can be for some people.  The lesson I would like you to learn from our neighbors and friends is that you should be gracious and welcoming of friendship, you should let it wash over you and accept it for the gift it is.  In most cases there are no hidden agendas.

In the same vein, if your friends or neighbors ever lose power, you should not hesitate, you should embrace them and take them into your own home and share what is yours.  In the long run you will be richer for the experience.

Oh yeah, and if you stay with people for a week, even under such crazy circumstances, it will feel like a vacation with friends, you will drink too much, eat too much, stay up too late and despite the particulars, you will have a wonderful time!



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