i shared yesterday that during my weekend trip to DC i didn't manage to get any photos of anyone but instead spent all my time photographing DC rowhouses. our friends the finns and jess's mom did a much better job capturing what matters, and these photos belong to them. i'll try to compensate for my skewed priorities with my words in this post!
one of the things no one really talks about after college is how hard it is to find and create meaningful community after graduation. when you live 8 months out of the year on a floor of 16 hilarious, creative, driven and smart people perpetually running on lots of caffeine and little sleep, community comes a little more easily than in the post -college reality of different jobs, interests, levels of disposable income and street addresses. it was a treat to spend a few days with the good people i know and love from our days in school, and not just because we all enjoy laughing at and swapping memories of our epic prank war.
in the spirit of thanksgiving week, i'm grateful for old friends who know my context, and for new ones who ask good questions and are each working to make the world a better place in their own way. for shared coffee and cupcakes and somersaults on the capitol lawn. for friends who are happier than perhaps they've ever been, and for those fighting the same fights, struggling for the same things. for spending time in the company of people who know and are a part of some of my best stories, and for being welcomed by new friends with open arms. for library of congress porch yoga, rooftop beers and eastern market pancakes.
i'm already thinking about when i can make a repeat trip.