Monday, February 18, 2013

Among Friends


One weekend a year—when everyone is wrapped in sweaters and scarves and the tree branches are bare—the "beach girls" make a trek to the coast for a few days together. There is nothing in particular on the agenda except catching up with each other. Get up early or sleep late. Walk on the beach or stay inside. Knit. Read. Or not. It doesn't matter. We learned about what all the grandchildren have been doing during the last year. (I think there are close to 30 grandchildren between us, ranging from babies to young adults.) It's so much fun to get the giggles over the silliest things. That tears-running-down-your-face kind of laugh just doesn't happen when I'm by myself at home. You need friends for that.

                                                Photo courtesy of Daddy-O

This year while we were at the beach, it snowed back at home. Typical of southern snow, it was gone by the time we got home the next day. We did see a flurry at the beach just about midnight. Midnight snow at the beach was reason enough to celebrate—pull out the crackers and chips and hummus and get the ice cream from the freezer! After that we agreed...crazy snack fests like that can only happen when it snows at midnight. At the beach. Gotta have limits. Especially after trying out multiple restaurants—a bistro, a tavern, a cafe and a traditional seafood house. All excellent meals.

The beach girls are some of the best cooks around, so in addition to enjoying fresh seafood at wonderful restaurants this weekend, there was plenty of good food brought from home. Yesterday, we pulled out everything from the refrigerator for a parting feast. Oh wow. We couldn't have had anything better. Glad to be friends with these ladies. For lots of reasons.
“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: "What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” 
― C.S. Lewis

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” 
― Elbert Hubbard

“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” 
― Linda Grayson


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