we live in s.c. (previously in illinois). we have 4 daughters and 3 sons, dispersed around the world, with 1 child and a furry collie still at home. our family life has been shaped in part by the academic life. we love hosting people in our home.
thanks for these good words, may! i was struck by how much trust and hospitality come into play when you invite strangers into your own home, especially in your absence. ("is this her favorite coffee mug? what if we break it by accident?") even though this was a business transaction, we felt welcomed as friends.
i hope we can get back to san francisco sooner rather than later ~ if so, we'll check on your place again!
~ all the best, mary