A silent reconnection

At a silent retreat, an old man and a young adult are present.

Every day they sit in silence together for a long while and then go for long walks in the afternoon. They feel surrounded by gravitas and significance.

On the last day, the rest of us learn: It was a father with his estranged son. This retreat together was their first interaction in more than a decade.

What a choice: To spend a few precious hours talking and then many, many hours processing in silence.

That felt significant.