love thursday: connection

As much fun as a getaway with girlfriends can be (and far be it from me to complain about having some R&R in the wine country of California), the truth is that there is a large part of me that really, really hates being away from Marcus and Alex, no matter how seemingly fabulous the reason.  I spend a considerable amount of time when I'm by myself in new surroundings thinking things like, "Oh, man, I wish Marcus was here to see this," or "Jeez, Alex would love that."  I love traveling in whatever form, but when I'm away from my family, it's always bittersweet.

I suspect this is probably true for most people who are away from those they love, and while I was in Sonoma last weekend, I secretly loved watching people steal away from the group to give the folks back home a quick call, just to check in and see what was happening in their absence, and feel a little bit a part of it.  It reminded me that sometimes when someone loves someone else, they don't both have to be in your presence to witness it.

Happy Love Thursday, everyone.

 

Image:  Kelly on her iPhone checking in with her man back in Chicago, photographed in the Russian River Valley of California with my Nikon D300 and 50mm lens.

SongAin't no sunshine as performed by Gomez.  This is a brilliant version, too.  I've had it on repeat for the past 2 days.