Virginia Beach is my hometown and Sabrina’s 2nd hometown….2nd only to Wilhelmshaven, Germany.
Sabrina and I have been friends for 18 years. We met 18 years ago during a summer exchange program between Norfolk, VA and Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The two cities were designated as sister cities and paired up students for a month long exchange program. Sabrina came over first and split her time between two families. We spent time with her the 2nd half – it was amazing for the entire family. The following summer, I went to live with her and her family for a month. From then on, we managed to see each other at least every 5 years My most recent trip to Germany was 8 years ago for her wedding….her was 5 years after that for ours.
Fast forward to present day
We took a drive down to Virginia Beach for a long mini-vacation with Sabrina. With her ties to my family, it seemed only appropriate that she spend time with them as well. We spent Thursday at the beach catching some rays and just relaxing. We – of course – had pizza that night for dinner since my folks had just come back from celebrating their 40th anniversary. (Seriously, who doesn’t love Shorebreak Pizza?)
Friday was super lazy day – especially since it was rainy! We headed on to the movies and enjoyed Spy. From there, we went back to my folk’s house and putzted around until I had a quick engagement session that evening. Sabrina and Billy took a stroll down the beach while I worked. Then, we headed back to my folk’s and watched yet another movie.
Saturday was a quick day – the morning was lazy and relaxing. That afternoon, Billy and I had an early lunch to celebrate a belated father’s day and an early birthday for his brother. Sabrina spent it catching up with my parents That evening, we chatted the night away and before we knew it, it was bedtime.
Sunday came far sooner than anyone wanted and the morning was again quiet and relaxed. Sabrina and I were up early a 5 AM to catch the sunrise at the beach before she headed back home. It was a quiet morning and one meant for reflection. We made it back to my folks where I took a nap (so not a morning person!) and she stayed up just hanging out and enjoying the quiet of the morning. We spent the next few hours just visiting, laughing, and enjoying one another’s company. Before we knew it, 1230 was here and were off to the airport!
While we may be an ocean apart and a few years from connecting in person, technology had made it easier for us to remain in touch. However, the best thing about our friendship truly is: