Finished these drawings in the midst of final prep for a special luncheon for my friend, Laura. I want to say something about friendship after college. I was always told it’s harder to make friends once you exit the fertile ground of university, but that’s never been true for me. Wherever I’ve lived or even visited, I leave not with things but with friendships. I’ve made a few friends here in Hanoi that I’ve no doubt will last our lifetimes, but even if they don’t, it’s enough to know these people have sustained me, built me up, been shoulders to cry on, and made me laugh on some of my darker days in Hanoi. (And I’ve done the same for them.) I’m here to remind you that your new friend might actually be your neighbor (one of mine was), so go say, “Hello!”, invite them over for tea or a drink or WHATEVER! You never know what your new friendship might bring you.