Perhaps the most wonderful thing about spending a Summer in San Francisco is that it tends to be a port of call for travelers heading north and south along the California Coast. Yesterday, two beautiful families were making such a journey, one on the way down to San Diego, the other on the way up to Sacramento.
And we were ready and waiting at our beloved Golden Gate Park to greet them both!
First, we spent a happy half hour with Erica Sanchez and family. When you consider the brevity of the visit, it is amazing to see how chummy the children look. But, of course, they share a unique bond as the east coast and west coast best friends of a certain loveable and recently relocated family.
Friends-for-life, Marie and Annie, take a stroll:
All too soon, our darling Sanchezes were off to their next stop, a Cable Car Ride downtown! Fortunately, we had another treat in store for the afternoon, meeting my beloved cousin Margaret, her husband, and their too-beautiful-to-be-true children at my new favorite spot for entertaining, The Japanese Tea Garden!
Margaret's tiny daughters are almost the exact same age as Maureen and Eileen, so the afternoon of romping and hand-holding continued unabated. Here, three young O'Briens play in the water fountain. (Wouldn't my grandmother have loved to see them together?!)
Maureen and her new best friend exchange a loving glance:
Being from the same stock, Margaret and I both enjoyed stopping for tea--this time I even let my children order hot chocolate! Here we are waiting outside while my older girls browse in the gift shop:
Now, let's say a prayer that I can get my dear cousin and her family to visit me in New York one of these days!