The Germans call it gemutlichkeit, the Danes: hygge (HOO-ga)– “a warm, cozy time with friends and family and the feelings you get being together.” No direct translation exists in English, but I imagine the Italians their own word for the joy of cheerful, honest, loving relationships.
“There’s a unique kind of joy,” my sister mused, “when extended family and true friends gather. Even romantic love can’t compete with it.”
Gabe can do no wrong in his little cousins’ eyes.
I’d like to learn the word for this sort of joy in every language– but sometimes a photo truly is worth a thousand words.