When I heard Sean Forrest would be playing a Haiti180 benefit concert in Connecticut, I looked up how far away Connecticut was. When I realized Connecticut was only five hours away from Maryland, I decided I should probably go. When I heard Katie, my friend who lives in Haiti, would be there, I knew I needed to go. (It didn’t hurt that it crossed something off of my 20 New Things Before I Leave My Twenties list: Road Tripping to Connecticut.)
The weekend began in Connecticut where I met up with Katie and her parents. As soon as I arrived, Katie had to run off to sound check and rehearse for the concert. It was my first time in Connecticut, so what did I do? I drove around Connecticut admiring beautiful northeast houses with wraparound porches, talked with Katie’s parents about faith, and took a nap. #partyanimal
The concert was more than I expected. It was so great to be in a room with people who share a love for Haiti and the children of Kay Mari. And it was nice to put a face to some people I am constantly emailing. AND Sean Forrest is a hilarious and holy dude who gave me a lot to think about during the show. My favorite line was, “If the Lord can’t find a colt, He’ll use an ass.” It’s always good to be reminded that the Lord can use even me. ;)
The following day was unplanned, on my part. I decided to be a little spontaneous and spend the day in New York with Katie and her family. Road trips are my favorite. Road trips with a friend in the car, giving you the chance to catch up on life, are even better.
I drove through New York for the first time ever and almost immediately found street parking. We went to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Grant’s Tomb, two place I’d never been. And then we drove to Queens to check out the neighborhood where Katie’s father grew up and go to a little restaurant for delicious calzones and wine.
So grateful for road trips and good friends. Perhaps I should be willing to be spontaneous more often.