We had a welcome home party last night for one of my nearest and dearest friends...my sweet, sweet Jacquie. She is a doctor/surgeon and for the last year, she has been helping out in New Zealand. I was at her farewell party last year...my going away gift was a necklace with a compass on it...so that she could find her way home. Jacquie got to spend a year in a wonderful, beautiful country where she used her gift of compassion and her talents as a doctor to help others. And then she came home.
Last night we had a wienie roast for her...one of the only things that the bright, beautiful country of New Zealand did NOT have to offer was a good hot dog. As we spent the evening welcoming her back...we ate, drank and were merry.
I was sitting out back just talking to another of the party-goers and I heard it...Jacquie's unrestrained laugher. She was gathered 'round a fire with some of the other guests and she was laughing at something someone said. I wasn't paying attention until I heard her laugh. No one laughs like my Jacquie does. It is full of joy and sunlight and love. It sounds like coming home. I am so glad she's back.