I want to just post on here briefly about my amazing weekend.
Dear friends of ours invited us to their house for a formal dinner party, and when I say formal, I mean it. Right out of Downton Abbey, they had assigned all the guest roles to play, either family or staff, had set two tables according to status and requested that we all come in costume and in character.
I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun, or for that matter, such a good meal. I do remember laughing so hard my face hurt. I also remember (as a member of the household ‘staff’) photobombing a picture of the ‘family’ at the formal table. (I can’t wait to see those pictures, George). I also kept one of the menus that Alex had printed out for us.
I remember as a kid my parents having a group of friends with whom they would occasionally have big dinner parties. For a while there, they had theme parties, with a Spanish night, or a French night, in which all the couples would make a course of the meal, the main course usually provided by the hosts, and there would be decorations and sometimes clothing to reflect whatever their theme was. I remember the anticipation of my parents as they got ready to go out to these parties and the great stories the next day of the food eaten and the times enjoyed. I remember thinking how cool and interesting they all were.
Well, here I am a grown up in my own right and off having lavish and amazing dinner parties with my friends. Of course, one of my daughters thinks that our delightful hosts, Alex and Grieg, are “weird” because they, as she puts it, always have really weird parties. Yes, they had an Ugly Shirt Party. And this past December a “We survived the end of the world/pre New Year’s Eve” party. But they are also generous and thoughtful friends who enjoy the company of others and I have never felt like less than family in their home.
As I get older, I am getting to really cherish and value true friends. The ones that don’t judge, the ones that truly accept and love you for who you are. Friendships like that are few and far between and take time to nurture. They are truly more precious to me than any gem could ever be and I’m grateful that I have some friendships like that in my life.