The meaning of friendship

“Friends are those rare people who ask how we are and then wait to hear the answer.”

Shannon and I had a wonderful visit this afternoon with our friend Tom Larsen. I met Tom a decade ago when I joined the local chapter of the UC Berkeley alumni club to help judge scholarships for high school students who were going to Cal. Tom and his late wife Debbie hosted a regular Christmas gathering at their home that we enjoyed.

Now a Petaluma resident, Tom has long inspired us: as we ramped up our business (he and Debbie ran their own, and it encouraged us), but also for his incredible courage as Debbie battled leukemia. As I wrote at the time “You have been a ‘Rock of Gibraltar’ to Debbie and, frankly, to all of us, as we’ve followed her difficult journey.”

I made a big salad of grilled steak, blue cheese, avocado and arugula, Tom brought a great bottle of wine, and we visited well into the afternoon (no rush to get back to the “office.”) Mitchell came home from school and reintroduced himself. Good times.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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