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Heights of the Day #2450

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Heights of the Day #2450

I called people together for another birthday picnic under this tree today. Laurel and Pearce helped lay the foundations of the party, and Valle was one of the first to arrive; he and Pearce stayed up in the branches for quite a while while other friends slowly materialized. Throughout the afternoon this tree lent us its leaves for shade, its branches for climbing, and its trunk to anchor our slack line. While I was chatting with a few people, I saw some friends had rigged up the loose slackline as a makeshift pulley, seating themselves in a loop and slowly pulling themselves up to the first branch, and because I hadn’t been part of devising that climbing strategy it seemed like such a lovely human moment: Lateral thinking! Tool use! For no reason other than to be able to grab that first branch!

Last year I had several friends come as well, but they had from from different social circles and largely kept to themselves. There were even more backgrounds here this time: friends from high school, Pearce from UCSC, Dan from the lab at UC Berkeley, John from App Academy, climbers from Bridges and their own friends, Laurel who I met through Hannah and Kendra who I met through Mitch and Leyla who I met through Anton (none of these bridge-friends could make it today, sadly). What’s more, all these friends from different circles actually mingled together and shared bits of their lives with each other, which was really wonderful to see.

People are asking me if it feels different to be older. I just hope I get to keep having days like this.

such a long time ago

Written by Umbrella Man

June 8, 2015 at 12:29 am

Posted in friends, people, plans, trees

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