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One of Julian's friends from his engineering classes at UCLA has been traveling up the coast (he lives in LA). Julian asked if he could stay at our house over the weekend, and of course I said yes. Over the years we've had a revolving door policy with the kids' friends which, for me, has always been a delight.
Moshe is a very quiet young man. A rather devout follower, as his family must be I assume, of Judaism, he even observed Shabbas by staying put and reading, while Julian went out with some of his other friends. The two of them seemed rather content with each other's company and I'm convinced that Julian is just easy for anyone to be with.
Before Moshe took off today (Julian had already left back to Cupertino for work) he wrote a note to us. He wanted to thank us in person for our hospitality, but I was out for a walk and Matt was busy. Anyway, he left a short but very sweet thank you for letting him stay, saying that our home was very warm and "homey"...and made him miss his own home. I don't know, but this touched me deeply. It made me very happy that this young man who didn't know us at all, actually felt that about this place. It made me feel that despite all my shortcomings, I do know how to make a home feel warm and inviting, and that's very important.