When I took the job, I had this thought.
You see, at noon today a thing is happening. It is the same thing that has happened for almost 5 years, and I didn’t want it to pass unremarked.
At 5 minutes to noon, Kuri and I left our desks, at 2 different companies, in 2 different office towers, and we walked to a coffee shop. Sometimes we catch up to each other, and sometimes we meet each other there.
We order more or less the same thing, and we sit in the same chairs. The shop has changed, indeed we have gone to 3 different coffee shops over the years, but the the idea, well it hasn’t changed.
We stop what we are doing and we grab our knitting, and twice a week, on Tuesday and Thursday, we meet for lunch and we knit.
We knit, in our suits. We talk. Sometimes about politics, sometimes about life. We have met through the storms of job changes, the failure of a relationship, the death of a child, struggles and sorrows, joys and celebrations.
And I didn’t want it to pass unremarked. It is a wholly remarkable thing, this idea of meeting twice a week for lunch and knitting. In a world that is transient and changing and so often illusory, we have managed a remarkable thing.
And I wanted to say this – I don’t quite have the words, but I wanted to say thank you. For five years of listening and conversation and forcing me to think about things a little differently. For asking good questions and for talking about serious things.
Thank you for being such a very good friend.