my mom was in town, up from santa cruz, on some WILPF business and sarah and i managed to kidnap her for a great breakfast of eggs, crepes, and strong coffee at the nearby squat and gobble. and then, mmm, homemade banana bread for a housewarming gift. then i took mom to USF and gave her a quick tour of the main campus and lone mountain. dad was a professor so both mom and i have a longstanding love for college campuses.
it was the first time in months that i saw mom, but more importantly it was the first time we talked since the big, big news of a few days ago. my sister cara, her husband steve, and their sons will and dolan are moving to palo alto (from los angeles). yesterday, they bought a house about a mile from my sister nancy, her husband jeff, and their sons aleks and ben, who also live in palo alto. palo alto is about 45 minutes from santa cruz (where my mom lives) and about 45 minutes from SF (where sarah and i live). thus: an all-but-complete (my sister lisa and her husband jean live in NY and no one predicts a move westward anytime soon) critical mass of silvers in the bay area! as my friend kq would say, "can you stand it?"
it means a lot to be living so near family. and it means a lot to be living so near my growing nephews.