A part of this title is a nod to a wonderful blogger at Life With The Top Down (http://fretym.wordpress.com/) and her post yesterday about a frozen ham. Great post, but I digress.
The post mentioned above talked about changes in life. We all have them, we experience them daily for the most part. Frequently, we meet changes without any notice, as they are, just a part of life. There are times, though, where we are hit upside the head with changes and we have to take a step back and go, “WOW!” Frontwards or backwards, it’s the same, wow!
Last night we had the privilege of hosting a couple we have known for years and years. I would add another ‘years’ to that, but you get the message. Our home was a stopover for them on a trip up the eastern coast of this wonderful country.
It was wonderful to see them. The visit was the usual shot in the arm as we hugged and laughed and teared up a bit. This couple is just one of a group of us that were all stationed together in a small Maine town in the late 70’s, very early 80’s. This group has remained close. We may not be in daily contact, but we keep in touch often. This group is family. The dynamic has only occurred once in all of our travels. We have dear friends, but none compare to the relationship this group has with one another.
In talking last night, we mentioned our ages this year. The gentleman is turning 69 in a few months. This was one of those moments I mentioned earlier where it hit my dear hubby upside the head and we went ‘WOW’. Where did the time go?
This thought was compounded when I looked on a friend’s Facebook page recently and they were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. I wondered how this could be possible as they couldn’t be 50 yet themselves. Again, people and memories are frozen in time. We live our lives and we think of those we love and they are ageless, memories are still current in our thinking.
When planning the menu for this visit, I remembered another friend mentioning how this couple loves their root beer floats. They had had a chance to visit with each other and there was a strong memory of root beer floats. So, taking the cue, I made sure that we had floats for dessert. My dear hubby wanted brownies also. My brownies, frosted, so I baked them and had them ready.
The floats were a huge success! The brownies remained untouched. The chocolate keeps them up at night and so they passed on them. One more reminder that time had marched on so silently that we did not notice. Where did the days go where we could gorge ourselves with brownies, floats, and anything else that went along with our cravings?
But, I have to say, although the brownies went untouched, our hearts were warmed and comforted. We returned to our goofy younger selves several times throughout the evening. Hints of our youth peeked out at several points in conversation. Memories were braided together, those from long ago and those we made last night. The undercurrent present though, was how precious this time was for all of us. Time is relentless, we have no idea how many times we will be able to meet together and share the laughter and the floats. We have already lost some of this precious group. This we do know though, we will all meet again one day and there we will be young, healthy and spend eternity together. We won’t have to worry about what keeps us up at night, we will just have time to rejoice for having lived.
Thanks for stopping by. As always, DAF