Dear Val,

I hope you are well. It has been far too long since I last wrote you. Thank you for your letter, it helped me through a hard time and I am delighted to hear that Maximilian is doing well.

As I said it has been a long time since I wrote you and there has been good reason for that. I've been so busy, which I know is never a good excuse but this is the first time since I read your letter that I have had a chance to sit at my desk. Now I am here and there is so much to tell you that I don't know where to begin. 

Things have been busy here for me Val, the kids are growing up and work is taking its toll on me. I am not exploring as much as I used to and I do miss that. I do miss walking, climbing and just moving in no particular direction for miles and miles and days and days. Now I realize that I cannot explore so much and I am coming to terms with it slowly. I am reevaluating my life and I am adjusting to my new realities.

Within work I have learned to explore the possibilities and avenues and I have begun to take steps into them. I am writing you because some of these possibilities excite me Val, they really do and I think you of all people would understand my excitement. Sometimes as I take even the most tentative of steps, I shudder with excitement and visibly shake with the anticipation of these exciting new possibilities.

Although it has been a while Val, I will keep this short as I do not have so much time in this sitting. My regards to Maximilian and until next time.

Your friend,

I am Timi