During any given day, so many different things capture me, even if just for a moment. A familiar smell, a favorite song, a sight that brings a smile -- all attached to a friend, a memory, a feeling. They leave me wrapped in a blanket of familiarity. In them I hear faint whispers of home. Belonging. They make me feel comforted.

There were many things today that reminded me of my friend. And they made me smile.

And then I got to talk to her online. We commented back and forth about the goofy pictures we took together. And in the way she does best, she made me laugh. Out loud.

The sound of my own laughter was like audible comfort.

Today was a good day.