Last weekend, my wife and I hosted a dinner for another married couple and their two young boys.

For me, it’s the Holy Grail of family friendships because all the subgroups get along great: Our kids are buddies, our wives are longtime pals and the husband and I enjoy each other’s company.

The night was delightful and easy for me. After a homemade meal, the kids played games, then curled up in front of a movie in the living room.

Doug Lynam is a partner at LongView Asset Management in Santa Fe and a former Benedictine monk. Contact him at

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