Most weekends, I am running here and there. I might be transporting my son to an activity or doing errands. The thought of “stopping to smell the roses” may occur to me but there never seems to be enough time. This past weekend, however, I was able to do just that.
At baseball last Thursday, my friend, Lori, was there even though she had recently had surgery. Lori and I met thru our sons and youth sports. Her husband was my son’s favorite basketball coach and Lori and I served on the Little League Board together. Lori has two awesome sons who are both very athletic. My son and her youngest son have been on the same baseball team for the past two years and Lori was determined to be at the last game even though she should have been in home in bed recovering. That is the type of mother that she is – always putting her sons before herself. I believe that it does take a village to raise a child and I have always been happy that she is in my village because we share many of the same viewpoints on life and child-rearing. In addition, she is a fellow “Farmtown/Facebook” addict. She mentioned that she would home alone on Saturday and I offered to bring lunch over and keep her company.
I picked up lobster rolls (we are in Maine, you know) at the local hospital (which is well-known for it’s food!) and headed over to Lori’s a little past noon. The weather was sunny and warm and just perfect for dining outside. Lori lives in a log cabin on a wooded lot with a welcoming front porch where we ate. We could hear the birds sing but no sounds of traffic or other people. We sat and visited and, dare I say it, relaxed. We didn’t do anything exciting or solve any problems. We simply let the world go on around us while we took time for us. I was stunned when I looked at my watch and saw that it was 4:00 pm. We had wiled away the afternoon. It was wonderful.
We had been talking about getting together for a meal for several years but had never found a time when we were both free. In addition, it has been raining here in Maine at a rate of 5 times the normal amount for the month of June. For the two of us to be free on the same afternoon and for the weather to be so nice is nothing short of a miracle! I left her house feeling recharged and ready to get back in the thick of things. I hope that she enjoyed it too.
Here's to taking the time to enjoy life.