Through the magic of Facebook, I recently got back in touch with an old childhood friend of mine, Shaun. We discovered that we both ended up in Ottawa. Shaun lives on the outskirts of town on a big tract of land and very generously holds a bonfire on the first Friday of every month. All comers are welcome.
I recently took advantage of his hospitality, going with my 8-year-old daughter and her friend. A good time was had by all. I thought this was a very nice tradition - an opportunity to catch up with what's going on in friends' lives and given that new people are always showing up, a great way to meet new people.
So, I raise a cup of hot chocolate to bonfires.