You know when you meet someone and you just click? I had never met the woman who came to my house yesterday, but by the time she left, I felt like I had known her forever. We had a wonderful visit, I cooked lasagna, everyone had dinner, and then we talked until 11 or so. They had to get going this morning. I just had a terrific time. And their kids were so quiet compared to mine! Of course, they have three girls and one boy, so I'm betting that's part of the difference. The kids all played with the Wii and had fun hanging out together, too.
All the work cleaning the house and cooking and everything was inconsequential when I think about how nice it was to share our home with this couple, even for only one night. Maybe next time they're on furlough (in 4 years) we can do it again. Until then, we've always got the internet!