Monday, April 22, 2013
Friends now living temporarily in Dubai were talking with me a few days ago, and suggested they would be grateful if I would consider contacting a distant relative of theirs who lives within an hour's drive from here. Because those friends are such wonderful people, so kind, welcoming and generous, I felt I should agree to meet with the people concerned.
I thought about it for a few days, doing the whole 'should I?/shouldn't I?' thing, and in the end decided what harm could one cup of tea or coffee do - absolutely none. I called the people, told them why I was calling, and was told I would be welcome any time I cared to visit. So far, so good.
My visit extended way beyond a simple cup of coffee - I was there until long after dark, had been given a wonderful afternoon tea of an endless variety of delicious foods (don't ask me what I ate, but it all tasted great), and laughed and talked for several hours. We had so many things in common, and were discussing our food likes and dislikes. I mentioned that the only time i eat meat of any type is chicken in a curry. Big smiles on both the husband and wives faces, he disappeared and returned a few moments later to present me with a knife, fork, plate of steamed rice with a bowl of freshly cooked chicken curry!
Now I do have willpower most of the time, but one smell of that curry and I was a lost cause! I did manage to show some restraint, only ate about a third of the curry, but did eat all the rice (about a cup full at a guess). When I finally left for home, there were hugs all around, and it was like saying goodbye to my own family. We all promised we would meet up again, soon, and they told me I would be invited to meet with their other adopted family members before too long.
What began as a quick trip out of town to fulfil a promise ended up in one of the most enjoyable nights I've ever shared with people I didn't know. I am so glad I agreed to pay that visit - if not, I'd have missed out on getting to know some really wonderful people.