Compromise is essential to good relationships, and to making things work in many circumstances. Meeting half way allows both parties to get part of what they want, and this usually makes for a good situation.
Tomorrow I will meet my daughter half way. There is no argument, nothing we disagree on, we're just a little too far apart for a day trip, so meeting half way allows us to spend the day together. She drives, I drive, and we connect in the middle.
We have been doing this for many years now, since her last two years in college when she had a car to get places. Well, it was actually her brother's car, but if she got to it first it was definitely fair game! The fact that he slept in most weekends made things easier. Getting up early, Kate would "steal" the car and hit the road to meet me for brunch or lunch, and the necessary shopping mother and daughter tend to do when they miss each other and need to be together.
There are several favorite eateries, restaurants where we can either eat cheaply, or order smartly and linger over hot tea to talk and enjoy each other's company. On past trips we have met to find that special outfit for some social event, or to step out in for a new season. Since spring arrived here at 3PM yesterday (Lisa's 2011 calendar), I am sure we will find something one of us just "has to have" to welcome warmer weather. There is joy for both of us in helping each other find just what we need. Women bond while shopping, something most men will never understand.
So, tomorrow morning I will be on the road again, splitting the distance between our homes, so mother and daughter can stay connected. The time together is priceless, necessary, and a blast! I will miss her again the minute she gets back on the highway heading in the opposite direction, but I know we will have a girl's day again....the sooner the better.
She is my family, and family is everything.
A warm country hug to all,