Good Food, Good Friends
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
For me my friends are like family, my surrogate extended family. I grew up in a home with a mother, father, and six younger siblings. We have all remained close over the decades, but everyone moved away as they attended college in various parts of the state and married someone from that area, settling down with them away from home. I married a local guy and stayed near home. It's funny that my two daughters, of all the cousins, are the only ones who also stayed near home; everyone else's kids moved out of state. Anyway, as I got older and my daughters made lives of their own, I saw less of them. Then my oldest daughter passed away with Leukemia 17 years ago and it was difficult maintaining a relationship with my granddaughter. My younger daughter and my grandson still live within 15 minutes of me, thank God! But I have been very fortunate to have formed some ties to several groups of people around my age and that has been a great blessing. These people are my new brothers and sisters, and the older we get, the more we seem to enjoy each others' company. One of these groups is my handicapped group. We used to have a craft class each Thursday, but now, due to illnesses and other commitments, we had to cancel class so many times, that we get together one Thursday a month to eat at the Chinese buffet, to do what we all seem to do best--EAT!
Then we have our regularly scheduled social meeting on the 4th Saturday, to once again share a meal, play Bingo and share some fun time together. This past Saturday we held our annual dinner and it felt so good to be alive one more year to be with all my beloved friends and celebrate everyone who contributed so much to our organization in the past year. the food was so excellent and tasted especially good dining with my best friends. I must admit I was so happy that I threw caution to the wind and had a double helping of Tieramesu (not sure of the spelling) for dessert. Twice in the past week, this group of friends helped pull me out of the loneliness and the isolation that I have experienced since my heart problems of last month. I think the message that I am getting is to just live my life to the fullest, while dialing the stress level down a notch. As I write this story to share with my SPARK friends, I'm looking across at a beautiful and colorful bouquet of fall flowers that my handicapped group presented me with on Saturday,as a gift for being president of the group for another year. and now I'm ready to keep on keeping on leading this group of special people, even though it can be tough at times due to all the various needs and problems that arise, but now I'm really grateful for all of it, because the blessings far outweigh the difficulties. And I'm feeling really good about it,
renewed and encouraged to go forward with my family of friends.