Strawberries and Tea-Time
I have a lot more spare time available to me now that everyone is back in school.
It's a perfect opportunity to sit back with a friend and enjoy a cup of tea.
I've never been one of those people with gobs and gobs of girlfriends.
I've made only a few very special friends over the years.
I call it my "Circle of A-Listers".
Maybe I'm picky, or hard to please.
I know I'm reluctant to fill my life with idle chit-chat and less than meaningful conversations.
I'm not very good at small talk.
Actually, I really dislike it.
Being well versed in it is something that could probably come in useful to me every now and then.
I suppose there's an art to conducting small-talk really well.
And I'm learning to do it better, for when the need arises.
But, I like to spend my time with people who really matter to me, who know me, and allow me to get to know them.
I like us to talk about things that matter to both of us.
Doled out equally with things that make us laugh.
Over the years I've been lucky to form friendships with a small group of truly wonderful women with whom I share similar thoughts, taste and ideas.
Then there are the others, the women who are nothing at all like me.
I think I love them even more because of it!
All of these are women with big hearts, wisdom beyond their years, immense kindness, and the ability to offer support when it's needed, or a shoulder to cry on.
They are good for fun too, and enjoy an adventure every now and then.
These are true-blue friends, and it's not everyday that you find someone who will stick with you through thick and thin.
I cherish the people in my life with whom I can be honest, and share my heart-felt thoughts.
Even when those thoughts might not make a lot of sense, or are less than cheery.
I know my friends always try their best to understand me, and support me, and perhaps even point out the obvious to me, when I might have missed it.
I feel blessed to be able to express my greatest happiness and my deepest sadness with them.
I can just be myself with them, and I don't have to take out my "company manners" for our visits.
Even though I like to do just that, to make them feel special.
I''d love to be able to sit down for a visit with all the friends I've made over the years.
Wouldn't that be an interesting group?
I would want to include my youngest childhood buddies, and friends from high school with whom I've lost touch.
People who've come and gone in my life, and were special to me way back when.
New friends, who've just recently come into my life.
And all the dear friends I've been lucky to have known for a very long time.
Strawberries warm from the garden, and a fresh pot of tea await us.
We could sit together and linger in the afternoon hours that, for now, are mostly empty of demands.
For awhile, we could relax and share stories of how we spent our summers, and share the hopes and dreams of our lives for the coming fall.
Who would you invite to sit with you, if you could invite anyone from your past?
There is just the right amount of time for a heart-to-heart talk, without feeling rushed by the clock.
The school day has just begun and the afternoon is stretching out before us, open with possibilities...
Today is a gift, to be shared with a good friend, or two or three.
Good friends, good talk, strawberries, and a pot of tea.
Until next time
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