This particular dinner table is….wait for it…Both! The people at this table journeyed from miles away to meet with the Honored Guest, a remarkable young man from Romania. This Gentleman (capitalized because he is the epitome of Gentleman) is known to all of us online, and the friends at this table, along with dozens of other American friends, paid for his airfare to come to America, and see the country which we love so much. All last summer, he flew, and bused, and was driven, from the East to the West Coast, staying with friends, and seeing America.
The guest of honor is at the end of the table, with the goatee and red cravat. He regaled us with stories of his voyage across America, and bridged the gap for us all. At the end of the evening, when no one really wanted to leave, we had all gained knowledge, and the immense pleasure of his company. This table is a bridge, across oceans, mountains, prairies, lakes, rivers, and people.
Oh, and I just couldn’t resist this, for Cherie Lucas Rowlands:
Bridges in Cambridge, England, the opposite number of Oxford.