# All the Directions of the Heart

When two of your adult children are dating people you have yet to meet in person but already love; when your adult childrenâ€™s work and school commitments keep them from coming home to visit you; when they would still like to see you and introduce you to their people; well, then you road trip to where they are. R. and I have been immersed in their company in all the wedge-shaped spaces that fit around the blocky contours of normal, demanding schedules, and thereâ€™s been a shimmering, radiating joy at our togetherness, sharing meals and laughter and back stories and blessings.

As if time with the four of them wasnâ€™t enough to hold, my walks and talks each day with old and new friends has further overflowed my heart, our nascent or decades-long journeys quantified this week in our steps together:

Monday: 6,762 steps, because we were with a four-year-old, and she got tired on her bike.

Tuesday: 15,029 steps, and the dogs could have kept going, but it was time for piano lessons.

Wednesday: 7,610 steps, instead of the budinos we used to eat while talking about teaching.

Thursday: 11,992 steps, which included the stairs in the house theyâ€™re renovating.

Friday: 4,230 steps, because even the length of all the grocery aisles doesnâ€™t add up to much.

And on the way home, weâ€™ll reach and pass 300,000 original miles on our noble white steed of a vehicle, the one we bought 20 years ago, the day we first moved to the Austin areaâ€”it has taken all of us everywhere we needed to go, from preschool to PhD.

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